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Watermelon Mint Cooler

PREP TIME
20 mins
SERVINGS
8
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Watermelon Mint Cooler
Better Homes & Gardens
PREP TIME
20 mins
SERVINGS
8
RATE THIS RECIPE
(4)

Ingredients

  • pounds seedless watermelon, chopped (about 5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon aromatic bitters
  • 4-5 cups ginger ale, chilled
  • Mint sprigs
  • Chef notes

    This is a great, super refreshing option for a family friendly party. Nothing says summer like a delicious watermelon!

    Swap option: For an alcoholic version add 2 cups of white rum before chilling. Add club soda or sparkling water in place of ginger ale.

    Preparation

    1.

    In a blender container, place watermelon; puree until smooth.

    2.

    In a small heatproof bowl, use a wooden spoon to mash mint leaves and 1/4 cup of the sugar; add 1/4 cup of the water. Microwave on high until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mint leaves to blender, leaving sugar in bowl. Blend until chopped.

    3.

    To bowl of sugar mixture add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Microwave until sugar dissolves into a syrup, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and chill.

    4.

    To serve, strain watermelon mixture into an ice-filled pitcher or jar. Stir in syrup, lime juice and bitters. Divide watermelon mixture among ice-filled glasses, top with ginger ale and garnish with mint sprigs.