Watermelon-Mint Coolers

To turn this drink into a mojito-style cocktail, add 2 cups of white rum to the watermelon mixture. Top with club soda before serving. Work in batches to fill a larger party-size container

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Makes:
8 servings
Serving Size:
4 oz plus 4 ounces ginger ale
Prep:
20 mins
Microwave:
2 mins
Chill:
Up to 8 hrs
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Watermelon-Mint Coolers

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

Directions

  1. In a blender container place watermelon; puree until smooth. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. garnish with mint sprigs.

From the Test Kitchen

Alcoholic version:

Add 2 cups white rum with the mint before chilling for 8 hours. Add club soda or sparkling water in place of ginger ale.

Nutrition analysis per serving: 212 calories, 1 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 19 g total sugar, 11% Vitamin A, 21% Vitamin C, 28 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 4% iron

Nutrition Facts

(Watermelon-Mint Coolers)
    Per serving:
  • 125 kcal cal.,
  • 0 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 0 g monounsatured fat),
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 12 mg sodium,
  • 32 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 29 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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