5 Refreshing Watermelon Smoothies and Popsicles
Drink (or slurp) your way cool with these fruity drinks and frozen treats.
A Gorgeous Icy Dessert, Whether You're Dairy-Free or Not
These fuchsia-colored, watermelon-raspberry-lime pops have a sweet-tart flavor that kids will love, so they're perfect for a family barbecue; but their cooling taste would also be welcome after a spicy Mexican or Asian meal. And unlike ice cream pops or bars, they don't contain dairy, so they'll appeal to a wide range of eaters.
Get the recipe: Watermelon-Raspberry-Lime Pops
An A.M. Sipper That Tastes Like Dessert
There's a lot to love about this beautiful-looking drink, from the double dose of hydration, thanks to watermelon and coconut water, to the zippy fresh mint and lime juice. It's sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, but contains no added sugar, making it a good way to energize after a morning workout.
Get the recipe: Rehydration Smoothie
Frozen Lemonade That Gets Its Color Naturally
Some versions of pink lemonade are made with red food coloring, but this one's tint comes solely from watermelon—a whole pound and a half of it. You puree the fruit in a food processor, strain it and combine with lemon zest and juice, and some honey. A bit of water tones down the intense sweetness, and then you can drink it cold—or pour it into ice-pop molds and freeze.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Lemonade
The Drink You've Got to Sip to Believe
Even green smoothie skeptics will have a hard time disliking this cooling and nutritious drink. It tastes much more like fruit juice than you'd think by looking at it (2 good handfuls of kale do give it a verdant hue)—and that's because it's packed with a few cups of cubed watermelon and an entire orange. There's also a bit of fresh ginger in there, which brightens all the flavors and gives the smoothie a little kick.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Kale Smoothie
Popsicles with a Little Something Extra
All you need to make these ice pops is three simple ingredients, one of which might surprise you. In addition to watermelon and grapefruit juice, you add a few leaves of basil to the mix. Their herby, floral taste goes well with the fruit and tangy juice.
Get the recipe: Herbed Watermelon Pops