We love the refreshing taste of watermelon. After we used some to make gazpacho we started thinking, what if we added some sparkling water to the juice? Our first attempt at watermelon soda convinced us to add some mint and lime to the mix. Rick likes his with a little simple syrup** (and some vodka), but I’m content with just the fruit and mint.
To make the pulp I cut the watermelon into chunks and crushed them in my hands over a colander. I removed as many of the black seeds as I could, but didn’t worry that much about it. (By the way, there’s a video making its way around the internet where a man inserts a beater inside the watermelon to pulverize the flesh. I don’t recommend doing this unless you have a really, really deep bowl…or a whole watermelon…just trust me…)
After removing as many of the seeds as possible, pour the crushed flesh through a finer strainer until you’re left with mostly juice with a little bit of pulp. The yield will depend on how much watermelon you have. Squeeze the juice of a lime into the watermelon juice.
Next, muddle a nice handful of mint leaves in the bottom of a pitcher and add some ice. Pour the watermelon juice over and follow with club soda. A good ration to start with is two parts watermelon juice to one part club soda, but experiment to find a combination you like. Sweeten with simple syrup if you like.
To serve, add more mint leaves and ice to a tall glass and fill with the watermelon soda. Garnish with a slice of lime.
- Watermelon, cut into chunks, most of the seeds removed and flesh crushed to release the juice
- ice cubes or crushed ice
- handful of mint, plus more mint for garnish
- juice of one lime, plus additional lime for garnish
- soda water or club soda
- simple syrup (optional)
- vodka (optional)
- Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of a pitcher and add ice.
- Pour in the watermelon liquid and combine with the lime juice.
- Add club soda (start with about half as much as the watermelon juice).
- Sweeten with simple syrup as desired.
**Simple syrup is made by dissolving sugar into an equal amount of water. It allows you to sweeten a beverage without having the undissolved sugar fall to the bottom. You can also flavor your simple syrup with lemon, herbs, etc. We make small batches by stirring a half cup sugar into a half cup nearly boiling water until the sugar is dissolved. After it cools, the simply syrup is poured into a jar and stored in the fridge.
We keep simple syrup on hand so Rick can sweeten his iced tea, since I take mine without sugar.