Watermelon Cooler

Happy 4th of July America! You guys having fun ?

We had a wonderful time 🙂

Over the weekend, we took a short trip to Reno and Tahoe. The 4 hour drive to Reno actually took almost 6 hrs to reach. It was little tiring but couldn’t really blame the traffic, after all it was a long weekend . Everybody deserved a getaway.

We reached the hotel in Reno and after a quick shower, we both got charged up to see ‘The Biggest Little City In The World’

For me, visiting casinos is all about the bling-bling and glitters you see every where. I don’t understand card games. Arvind tried to explain poker to me but I found it boring. There were some shows going on too but none of them were that interesting. So, we just hopped from casinos to casinos, walked in the street and watched a free circus show for a while.

I guess after visiting Vegas, no other strips and no other casinos can visually appeal you that much 🙂

Oh! there was a children section in one of the casino and I won a tiny Red Nemo in one of the game. Well, I won something!

Next day was more fun for us as we were in Tahoe. It was not as warm as it was in Reno but it was truly a perfect Tahoe weather. We sat in the beach, which was super crowded with college kids.. enjoyed the clear water of the lake and then, we went for a 2 hr cruise. The only downside of this..I got sun burnt!! I am super tanned and the sun block which said SPF 55 didn’t work much for my skin.

Today morning, I was hoping to make a true American breakfast for us, but I was too exhausted after all the fun we had.

So, I made a drink 😉 I think a fresh fruit drink is the best way to relax and celebrate at the same time. The tangy-ness of the lime, the heat from the jalapeno and the flavor the mint makes this a perfect drink for summer.

This will make 2 to 3 glasses

Ingredients :

  • 4 cups of cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 jalapenos, slit in half and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • juice of 1 lime
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions :

Using a blender, process the watermelon cubes until they are smooth.

Add jalapeno to it and leave it aside for about 30 to 40 minutes.

In the meantime, make the mint and lime syrup.

Add 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, zest of 2 limes and mint leaves to a pan.

Bring to a boil and keep stirring until sugar has dissolved. This will take about 2 minutes.

Keep it aside and let it cool.

After 30 minutes, strain the watermelon mixture through a sieve into a pitcher. Discard the jalapenos.

Strain the syrup into the pitcher and add the lime juice to it.

Finally add salt and stir it well.

Serve it cold.

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hey the watermelon cooler looks so stunning 😀 i like the spicy touch

Your watermelon cooler is so inviting and is perfect to quench summer thirst and to beat the heat! You and your blog’s name have been mentioned on my latest post on Authentic Indian Chutneys. You are invited to my blog for receiving some beautiful awards! Congratulations!!

Kankana says:

Thanks Purabi for sharing those awards with me 🙂

Wow, jalapeño in a drink. I am really intrigued but a bit scared to try.

Sounds like a really fun time! This drink is getting bookmarked. So refreshing and delicious!

Sounds like you had a great time…water melon cooler looks refreshing and delicious..liked the idea of adding jalapeno to it..

Pari says:

Wow, love the colour of the cooler, absolutely refreshing.

Love the hot jalapeños with watermelon, beautiful pictures.

Vimitha says:

Colorful and refreshing cooler..

manju says:

the kick of heat from the jalapeno must be such a surprise in this watermelon cooler!! Ive once made a guava jalapeno margarita and loved the jalapenos in it! 🙂

Excellent shots and refreshing drink! Adding jalapeno sounds interesting…

Joyti says:

We went to Tahoe for the Fourth one year, when I was very small. I remember the fireworks being really nice. Did your family go see them?
And the drink sounds really refreshing, and the jalapeno is a very interesting ingredient!

Kankana says:

we didn’t get to see the fireworks .. had to return by sunday night .. but had awsm fun 🙂

nisha says:

i like the addition of jalapenos in it and pretty colours:)

ooo i’m sure that japaleno gives this watermelon drink a nice kick!!! 😀

I LOVE THIS WATERMELON Drink!! I just found your blog and love your recipes …. I look forward to trying this drink soon! Thanks 🙂

tigerfish says:

Haha, I agree. I still prefer Vegas to Reno ….for the bling-bling and stuff 😀

delicious looking cooler would have not thought of adding jalapenos in it looks wonderful

Najla says:

First time in your blog.. Loved the snaps and the yummy dishes.. Watermelon cooler looks so refreshing.. but wondering about the jalapenos 🙂

Manu says:

It sounds like you guys had a great long weekend! I have been to Vegas a few years ago… but never to Reno. I don’t play cards either… but I liked the colours and lights and shows everywhere… it was fun! hehehe This drink looks a million bucks! I love the colour! I am sure it also tastes good… I love the idea of the spicy jalapenos infusion!

Mmm…this looks delish. I would have never thought of pairing watermelon with jalapenos – will have to try this out!

That drink looks so refreshing, Kankana!
Glad to know that you had such a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

How absolutely refreshing! I love watermelon coolers and made one myself not too long ago 🙂

This sounds fantastic with the jalapeno! It’s such a pretty color too.

gloria says:

Look absolutely beautiful!!

sarah says:

I am absolutely loving the jalapeno/watermelon combo in this! Pictures are gorgeous too!

Kate says:

I love the combination of watermelon and jalapeno! How original. I will have to give this a try.

This is incredible Kankana! So creative flavors, and very refreshing looking drink! Awesome from recipe to the photos!!!

Maureen says:

I want one of these right now and it’s not even summer here ! Beyootiful!

Chandrani says:

Watermelon cooler looks fresh and colourful. This is a perfect for summer…….

Sounds like such a delicious and refreshing drink…perhaps I’ll make it for a picnic this weekend. We don’t get jalapenos here, but I’m sure that it will be equally good with Indian green chillies.

Looks wonderful and refreshing. Lovely pictures. : )

briarrose says:

The jalp peppers are such an interesting touch in this drink. Very cool recipe.

That looks delicious! I could totally go for some of this right now. The jalapeno sounds like an amazing addition! I never would have thought of that but it sounds like it would be good 🙂

Tiffany says:

Your road trip sounds almost as amazing as this cooler looks! The jalapeno-watermelon combo sounds just fantastic!

Looks like a perfect drink for the hot weather. Beautiful color and I love the idea of jalapenos in it

Lori says:

I adore both the colour and the addition of the jalapenos! Looks and sounds fabulous!

I love watermelon but never tried jalapeno and watermelon. I think it’s a little too hot for my taste. I think just one would be perfect.
Beautiful photos Kankana

First and second pics are soooo pretty…sigh. There’s nothing to beat the heat like watermelon. I usually make it without the jalapeno, gotta try adding it next time.

Keep rocking, sweetie!!

WOW! I am loving this little spicy twist! I bet this was just fabulous! And girl – those pictures are stunning!

Foodycat says:

I LOVE the idea of jalapeno in it! Thanks for visiting my blog!

shanthi says:

Wow vibrant coloured coolers and I am bowled with ur clicks