One of my favorite things about summer is watermelon. I even tried growing it in my community garden once, but failed miserably. I just don’t have the patience. I’ll stick to buying it! Recently, I bought a baby watermelon (I call them babies because they’re small) at a local farmers market to mimic something I saw on Instagram: a baby watermelon filled with a boozy, refreshing drink. To be completely honest, I was really just interested in drinking something — anything — out of a baby watermelon. They’re just so darn cute! I had the watermelon, but still had to find a beverage. I found a super easy recipe from Minimalist Baker that only required a few ingredients — watermelon, lime, coconut milk, and sugar (optional). Low on ingredients, big on flavor. I’m not going to walk you through my whole process because you can find the step by step on Minimalist Baker, but I will tell you what I tweaked.
First of all, holy crap the watermelon was yellow inside! As it turns out, the watermelon I purchased at the farmers market is of the yellow doll variety. They’re yellow inside and are pretty much just the same as the red watermelon you’re used to. The yellow was totally unexpected, but welcomed. I mean, how often do I get to eat yellow watermelon??
(Side note: Watermelons also come in orange!)
And now for some photos of my process! Rum is optional, but highly recommended. I made this recipe twice this weekend — one without rum and one with rum. Both tasted fantastic, but the rum did add a bit more flavor (shocker). The virgin slushie was approved by a 2-year-old, and the rum slushie was approved by a squirrel (more on that later).
Other than getting the ingredients listed, I didn’t follow the Minimalist Baker recipe to a tee. I didn’t measure anything. I poured/squeezed, blended, tasted, tweaked, repeated until it tasted like something I’d drink a lot of. I also didn’t add watermelon juice, and instead added a ton of ice to the blender because I forgot to freeze the watermelon first (oops). Then I added some fresh mint for looks and fragrance. It all still worked out well! So well, in fact, that a nearby squirrel decided to crash our party and get in on the watermelon slushie action! He came back three times for more! I have to say, I can’t blame him. This stuff is gooooooood!