Watermelon Mint Spritzer

Watermelon is a summer staple.  It reminds me of childhood barbecues and the smell of chlorine.  As an adult, I realize how absolutely refreshing watermelon is, especially when paired with a little mint and agave like we’re doing today.

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Make sure your watermelon is ripe and seedless for this recipe. I used one medium-small sized melon.

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Blend the roughly chopped watermelon with a couple handfuls of ice until it comes to a frothy consistency.

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Add a handful (or more!) of fresh mint and blend again. You can use more mint later for a garnish. I also squeezed the agave in at this point. Start with about a tablespoon or so. You can add up to a 1/4 cup, depending on how sweet you want it. Also, feel free to substitute honey.

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Into a beverage container, add the watermelon-mint-agave mixture and garnish with a little mint. The last step is pouring in the sparkling water.

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Garnish and serve!

Watermelon Mint Spritzer (from Whole Foods):

INGREDIENTS:

  • Approximately 3 cups watermelon, rind and seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • Ice for blender, I used about 1 1/2 cups but you can eyeball it and adjust depending on the consistency you desire
  • 1/4 cup agave (I used less because my watermelon was super sweet!)
  • Fresh mint sprigs, I used 6 sprigs to blend, plus more for garnishing, but add according to your taste
  • Italian sparkling mineral water
  1. Blend together the chopped watermelon and ice until frothy.
  2. Add fresh mint and agave. Blend again.
  3. Pour mixture into a serving pitcher. Garnish with a bit of mint.
  4. Store it like this in your fridge if you are going to wait to serve the beverage.
  5. Right before you’re ready to serve, pour the sparkling water on top of the watermelon mixture.
  6. Serve in chilled glasses (with ice, optional) and garnish with extra mint.

Note: If you’re thinking, ‘This would taste great with alcohol!” It would. Feel free and add less sparkling water and top it off with gin or vodka. 

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