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Watermelon-Mint Coolers

Makes: 8 to 10 servings
Prep 20 mins Microwave 2 mins Chill Up to8 hrs
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 - 5  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 KitchenAlcoholic 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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 125,
  • Fat, total (g) 0,
  • chol. (mg) 0,
  • sat. fat (g) 0,
  • carb. (g) 32,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 0,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 29,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (IU) 548,
  • vit. C (mg) 13,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 8,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 12,
  • Potassium (mg) 143,
  • calcium (mg) 21,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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