Today I stopped into Whole Foods and couldn't resist the free samples of watermelon water in their produce section. Let me preface that I'm already a big fan of watermelon. It's just so refreshing and you get so much for such a small price (well, if you are smart and only buy them on sale). It's a sweet and healthy treat that is sure to cool you down.
Well, the watermelon juice was amazing. I contemplating buying a bottle but was turned away when I saw it was $7.99. What the heck? You could buy at least two whole watermelons for the price of a small bottle! So what does a good little DIY-er like me do in situations where you'd rather make things than pay a fortune? Learn how to make it yourself, duh! I took a peak at the ingredients and the only ingredient was simply put: watermelon.
After I lugged my giant watermelon to the line, to my car, and all the way to my apartment (go figure there was no close parking that day), I decided to try my hand at making this juice.
And let me tell you - it was so easy that I you barely need a recipe.
- Watermelon - enough to fill up your whole blender
- 3-6 cups of water
- Cucumber, peeled, and chopped into chunks
- Lime juice
- Mint leaves, optional
- Honey, optional.
Put everything in your blender and puree. The amount of cucumber and lime depends on your preference - I used about 1/2 a lime and about 3" of the cucumber. Depending on how sweet your watermelon is, you may want to add a little sweetener - I chose honey.
Slowly pour your juice into a strainer to separate it from the pulp. Pour the juice over a cup of ice and add a sprig of mint. Enjoy!
It actually feels like summer in a cup!
If you don't want that pulp go to waste, freeze them! I added them to my pineapple ice cube molds so I can enjoy them later, plus my dog is very into this idea. They make great popsicles!
Oh! I haven't told you guys yet!
See the "cheers" written on that plastic cup? I wrote that! I'm so grateful that I was asked to contribute lettering at work (I run social and digital at Cheeky), which is part of the designlovefest for Cheeky collection! On four products - "Yay!" on hot cup kits, "Good Vibes" on napkins and plates, and "Cheers" written on these plastic cups - it's crazy to think that my lettering is on products sold at Target stores. And seeing the photos posted all over Instagram on a daily basis? It's completely surreal. I'm glad that designlovefest and Cheeky's fans are so excited about this collection and that I got to be part of the design process. Yay!
So go buy those cups! They're perfect for entertaining.