It doesn’t get more refreshing and delicious than fresh watermelon juice! Easy to make and the perfect alternative to an alcoholic cocktail. This pink and invigorating fruit juice is perfect for summer days and parties!
Have you ever made fresh-squeezed watermelon juice? It’s a little more time consuming than just juicing an orange or lemon, but it tastes so refreshing and it’s worth the extra steps : )
I made some Saturday morning for myself and Zan and we both loved it. It’s a good alternative to a cocktail and the perfect summer drink, especially for the 4th of July! Read below on how to make some for yourself!
How To Make Fresh Watermelon Juice – Step By Step
- Dice a small watermelon into cubes
- In a food processor or blender, puree the watermelon until it’s a juice-like consistency. You want it to be thin enough to strain through a strainer, so blend for a while. You can also use a spoon to help push the juice through the strainer.
- Strain the juice into a bowl and pour into ice-filled glasses
What Are The Health Benefits Of Drinking Watermelon Juice?
Not only is fresh watermelon delicious, but it also has a number of health benefits. Here are a few:
- Helps You Hydrate.
- Contains Nutrients and Beneficial Plant Compounds.
- Contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer.
- Improve Heart Health.
- May Lower Inflammation and Oxidative Stress.
- Help Prevent Macular Degeneration.
- May Help Relieve Muscle Soreness.
Fresh Watermelon Juice – A Great Alternative To A Cocktail
Not everyone is after a boozy tipple at parties, so it’s great to cover all bases with some nonalcoholic alternatives to cocktails.
This fresh watermelon juice is perfect! With its vibrant colors and invigorating taste, it’s a real crowd pleaser!
How Long Will Watermelon Juice Last?
This delicious pulp-free juice can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. If freezing, leave 3/4 to an inch of room in the top of the jar for expansion.
Watermelon juice will store in the back of the freezer for 30-60 days.
Tips For Fresh Watermelon Juice
- Make sure you buy the best fruit you can afford, ideally organic.
- Make sure you puree the fruit until it has a juice like consistency.
- Use a spoon to push the juice through the strainer.
- Serve over ice.
Keep reading to learn more about watermelons and how to pick out a good one!
How Do You Pick a Watermelon?
Whether you’re picking it off of the vine or off of a shelf at the grocery store, you’ll want to follow these tips.
First, pick up a watermelon that is uniform and feels heavy for its size. You want to avoid ones that have any blemishes like bumps or dents.
Turn it in your hands so that you can see the “field spot“. This is the discolored part of the melon where it sat in the field. It starts off white and becomes yellowish when it’s ripe and at its full sweetness.
Another tip is to look at the stem if there is one. A dry stem indicates that it’s ripe, while a green stem indicates that it wasn’t ready yet.
What is the Sweetest Kind of Watermelon?
Although “sweetness” can be subjective, fruits are often rated on a Brix Scale. Here’s how the ratings go:
- 7.8-8.2: Somewhat sweet
- 8.3-9.0: Sweet
- Above 9.0: Very sweet
This is useful if you’re choosing watermelon varieties to grow. The seed company should provide this information.
If you’re simply wanting to buy the best melons, choose from the following types:
- Crimson Sweet
- Yellow Doll
For the record, the sweetness of a melon doesn’t depend on its size, color, or shape.
What Flavors Go Well With Watermelon?
Safe flavor combinations include using other fruits on a tray or in a salad such as berries and other melons.
You can add avocado, red onion, and jalapeno to create complex flavor profiles. You may also want to use seasoning for watermelon dishes like chili pepper, salt, and mint.
If you want it by itself, you can simply add seasoning or make a DIY fruit soda with it.
What Are the Benefits of Eating Watermelon?
Aside from it being refreshing, watermelon has a range of health benefits. Watermelon can:
- Fight cancer
- Have anti-inflammatory effects
- Improve heart health
- Improve digestion
- Relieve muscle soreness after exercise
- Strengthen skin and nails (from vitamins A and C)
With all of these benefits, watermelon also has plenty of nutrients. This includes vitamins A, B1, B5, B6, C, as well as potassium and magnesium.
Is Watermelon Full of Sugar?
Watermelon isn’t necessarily full of sugar. 92% of it is made up of water alone.
Still, there is a good chunk of sugar in the remaining 8%. A cup of watermelon has around 10 grams of sugar, depending on the variety. Keep in mind that this is natural sugar, not processed junk.
Plus, watermelon is naturally fat-free, very low in sodium, and only has about 40 calories per cup.
How Do You Keep Watermelon From Getting Mushy?
There are a few ways to tackle this problem.
First, keep the watermelon in the fridge before you cut it for up to 4 to 5 days. When you’re ready to eat it, cut it into cubes or long slices.
If you want to save it for later, lay the pieces on parchment paper and put it in the freezer. When it’s solid, you can put it into a container or bag (but be sure to leave room for your grapefruit negroni popsicles).
If you’re looking to keep it in the fridge for easy snacking, drain out the juice before sealing the lid to the container. Every day, drain out the excess juice to keep it from getting mushy.
Choose the Best With These Facts About Watermelon
With these facts about watermelon, you can choose the best varieties to add some sweetness to your life.
Keep reading our blog for more information on the top foods and recipes to try.
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If you have tried this fresh watermelon juice recipe, then please rate it and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!