Monday, June 20, 2011

Cool It! (Spiked Watermelon Cooler)

Watermelon
Some of you have been asking for more fast, easy recipes on 6 Bittersweets -- and such you shall receive! Today watermelon cooler is very simple to make and inspired by a favorite childhood drink. Though the term "watermelon juice" will probably just make you furrow your brow in confusion, it's actually a drink widely available in restaurants throughout China. Made purely of blended and strained watermelon chunks, this juice has got to be one of the most refreshing things on a hot summer day.

The major (for serious) heat wave we've had in the D.C. area lately inspired to make this grown-up watermelon juice cooler. Don't tell anyone, but I actually intended this to be a frozen drink (and still included directions in case you prefer it slushy). But alas, I ran out of time and didn't get to fully freeze the melon. Perhaps it was for the best as this version is even closer to the beloved drink of my memories of China. Of course it didn't have vodka back then, but I think spiking this juice only made it better ^__^.

Watermelon Lemon Vodka Cooler
Spiked Watermelon Cooler/Slushie [Printable Recipe]
Serves 4 to 6

6 cups cubed seeded watermelon, 3/4-inch cubes
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
1 cup tonic water
1/2 cup vodka (optional)
6 Tbsp powdered sugar, or more to taste

If making into a slushie, place chunks side by side on a large baking sheet, so that they're not touching one another. Freeze at least 2 hours. Then puree melon cubes (frozen or not) with the remaining ingredients in a conventional blender or using a stick immersion blender. Taste and add more powdered sugar, if desired. For slushie, pour into glasses or small bottles and serve immediately. For non-frozen drink, pour into a pitcher and chill well before serving.

56 comments:

  1. love the well-lit background shots! I am a big fan of this kind of photography!

    And yes, one for me please. We are in winter now, but I wouldn't mind this at all!

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  2. Craving this now! With the vodka! Looks so refreshing!

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  3. wow wooow ..... luv the bright red color and the lighting. Vodka n Watermelon ;-)

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  4. Love this, even without the vodka! Yum, thanks for sharing and gorgeous pics dear!

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  5. This looks FAB! I must try it asap.

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  6. Yep I make this refreshing drink everytime I have leftover watermelon in my fridge and no one seems to want to eat them anymore! Delicious!Adding vodka would take it to another diamension:)

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  7. This sounds like the most refreshing cocktail a girl could ask for! It's like you're both hydrating yourself in preparation for the alcohol!

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  8. uuu vodka !! i like that ;) Watermelon is one of fav fruit and somehow I never enjoy it as juice or shake .. i like it just as fruit. But this one is diff .. you added vodka. My next weekend's cocktail for friends .

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  9. Absolutely refreshing!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Yum, I'm making this into slushie form for sure!

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  11. I'm ordering this for lunch today. Love the glassware.

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  12. That's a lovely and refreshing drink. Love it!

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  13. I made something similar last summer and forgot how delicious it was until now.
    Stunning pics!

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  14. Nice idea Xiaolu! This looks awesome.

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  15. Aww...such refreshing clicks..Looks super cool!

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  16. Thanks, everyone! I'm glad this appeals to you as it did and does to me =D

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  17. Love the first shot, it's stunning and eye-catching. Even though it's quite cold here, love to have this drink. So cool.

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  18. Perfect for this humid weather we are having!

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  19. A lovely looking drink! I'm not a big fan of watermelons, but I'm sure I'd love this cooler (thanks to the addition of lemon).

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  20. 西瓜汁! Superb thirst quencher on a uber heat-stroke inducing hot day. ^^

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  21. I've heard so much about this drink and it is such a cool idea (no pun intended I promise! :P).

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  22. I just got back from Asia, where I enjoyed a watermelon shake almost everyday. I kept commenting on how a little vodka would be amazing in it...I think I have found my solution....and my summer addiction!!

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  23. Refreshing drink... Love your clicks too...

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  24. Yummy! Sounds like the perfect drink to serve this weekend!


    megmacdesigns.blogspot.com

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  25. This is a perfect drink for the heat today!

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  26. I haven't tried anything with vodka before. I think I should! :o)
    Have a nice day.
    Kristy

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  27. Now this is my kind of drink! It looks so delicious and refreshing, Xiaolu. Wonderful flavors, too. Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful blog and I'm looking forward to exploring more of your recipes. :)

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  28. I just did a watermelon mojito over the weekened but can't post it b/c my photos are HORRIBLE! i agree - so refreshing! I strained the pulp and see that you didn't. Yours looks better, hands down. Nice job propping!

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  29. Gorgeous!!! I will need this drink soon.

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  30. Now that is a treat for a warm day. Yummy and refreshing.

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  31. What a perfect poolside drink on a hot summer day! That's the way to have watermelon.

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  32. this looks just so beautiful!! I will definitely be making it come warmer weather, thanks :) Right now its freeeeezing in melbourne.
    Heidi xo

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  33. Xiaolu, they look so refreshing...and perfect for the coming Summer.
    The pictures are awesome...hope you are having a great week :-)

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  34. Wow, wow, wow. We had a hot day today here in New Jersey and you've got me craving some of this NOW. Looks amazing. Can't wait to get some watermelon and try this VERY SOON.

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  35. This looks simply gorgeous :) Delicious-->Love it!

    Aldy.

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  36. Love it! I do a similar thing in summer, a watermelon granita which I got from a famous cafe in Melbourne and I must say that it's a perfect refresher regardless of the season :)

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  37. Thank you for sending this out!! Just the thing I think my guests ( I am expecting them tonight) would love in balmy summer season, here in Bahrain.
    If I prepare this in advance,would it taste fresh??

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  38. Thanks everybody!

    Anita, the pulp will separate a big from the juice, but it will still taste good and you can shake it back up =). Please let me know what you think!

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  39. watermelon juice is my favourite!! Love your spiked version too hehe gorgeous summery shots :)

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  40. Such a lovely and refreshing drink!

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  41. i love watermelon everything! this looks like fantastic summer drink!

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  42. Looking at it is cooling me down....:)

    Watermelon is just a good base for chilled (fruit and veggie) slushie and drinks because it has so much "juice" to lend to others.

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  43. This is my kind of summer cocktail! Looks and sounds super super delicious.

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  44. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! This looks really refreshing!

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  45. I can take Kuwait's summer because of water melon (and mangoes) One of favorite fruits.This cooler looks and sounds fantastic. Bookmarked!

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  46. Thanks, my fruits! I just finished my batch and am itching to make more hehe.

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  47. I BET that juice is super refreshing on a hot summer's day. I can't say that I've ever had watermelon juice, but I'm sure I'd love it (especially with vodka!)

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  48. Try adding some fresh mint!

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  49. Last summer in Punta de Mita Mexico,I had some version of this everyday. Delicious! I'm sure the vodka would add a nice kick :-)

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  50. That looks so refreshing! I will have to try this soon!

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  51. Watermelon juice is common here, love the spiked version, never tried that ;)

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  52. That sounds like the perfect watermelon cooler! I bought a big watermelon a couple of weeks ago and pureed some if it into a juice/slush mmm.

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