Watermelon-Strawberry Cooler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 12 cups cubed watermelon (about 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries or raspberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh mint
  • Small watermelon wedges and fresh mint leaves

Directions

  1. Place 1 cup water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 6 cups watermelon, 1 cup berries, 1/3 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon minced mint in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large pitcher. Repeat with remaining water, lemon juice, fruit, sugar and minced mint.
  2. Refrigerate 1 hour or until cold. If desired, press through a fine-mesh strainer. Serve with watermelon wedges and mint leaves.

Watermelon-Lime Cooler I

Ingredients

  • 12 cups cubed seedless watermelon, frozen, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated lime zest, divided
  • 6 cups chilled ginger ale, divided

Directions

  1. Place 4 cups frozen watermelon, 1/4 teaspoon lime zest and 2 cups ginger ale in a blender; cover and process until slushy. Serve immediately. Repeat twice.

Lemony Fruit Cooler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups cold white grape juice
  • 1 liter club soda, chilled
  • 1 medium orange, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh peaches
  • Ice cubes, optional

Directions

  1. In a punch bowl or pitcher, mix sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved. Stir in grape juice.
  2. To serve, stir in club soda and fruit. If desired, serve with ice.

Pomegranate Cooler

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice ( ½ of a 16 ounce bottle), chilled
  • ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup diet lemon-lime carbonated beverage, chilled

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine pomegranate juice and pineapple; cover and blend until smooth. Gradually add ice cubes, blending until slushy.
  2. Transfer to a pitcher. Slowly pour in the carbonated beverage. Serve immediately.

Honeydew, Cucumber, and Mint Cooler

Ingredients

  • 1 honeydew melon (about 4 pounds), peeled and chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, 1/2 chopped and 1/2 thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 8 limes), plus 1 lime, thinly sliced, for serving
  • Splash of gin (optional)

Directions

  1. Puree the melon, chopped cucumber, and mint in a blender until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher.
  2. Add the lime juice and sliced cucumber. Chill for 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. Stir well before serving. Serve over ice, garnished with lime slices. Add a splash of gin, if desired.