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This is ridiculously easy and in infinitely adaptable to whatever fruit you've got laying around the kitchen.

It's just about the best way to cool off in the summer. And a shot of tequila or rum dropped into one of these makes a great mid-day cocktail.


  • 10 cups watermelon, sliced, seeded and chopped into 1" chunks (about 8 lb. melon)
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • Combine 2 1/2 cups of watermelon and 3/4 cup cold water in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth and pour into a pitcher. Repeat three more times with the rest of the watermelon and water.
  • Add lime juice and sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Taste and adjust sugar one tablespoon at a time if necessary.
  • Cover and chill, at least three hours.
  • That's it.
  • These are basic proportions from a Bon Appetit recipe, but the idea is very malleable.
  • Add mint or ginger juice as a twist.
  • Or use another type of melon - cantaloupe and basil would be nice. Honeydew and orange.
  • Any fruit/herb mix is fine.
  • It's a great way to use up fruit that's slightly past its prime.
  • Melons are very high in water, so if you're using something else (pears, for instance), you'll need to up the water volume, possible double, possibly more - just play around with it.

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