Watermelon Cooler

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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’

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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!

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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.

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Watermelon Cooler


  • 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


  1. Using a blender, process the watermelon cubes until they are smooth.
  2. Add jalapeno to it and leave it aside for about 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, make the mint and lime syrup.
  4. Add 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, zest of 2 limes and mint leaves to a pan.
  5. Bring to a boil and keep stirring until sugar has dissolved. This will take about 2 minutes.
  6. Keep it aside and let it cool.
  7. After 30 minutes, strain the watermelon mixture through a sieve into a pitcher. Discard the jalapenos.
  8. Strain the syrup into the pitcher and add the lime juice to it.
  9. Finally add salt and stir it well.
  10. Serve it cold.

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  • thepickyeater | a spoonful of yumm
    thepickyeater | a spoonful of yumm
    July 4, 2011 at 11:51 PM

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

  • Purabi Naha
    Purabi Naha
    July 5, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      Thanks Purabi for sharing those awards with me 🙂

  • Shen @ Justonecookbook.com
    Shen @ Justonecookbook.com
    July 5, 2011 at 1:09 AM

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

  • Maris(In Good Taste)
    Maris(In Good Taste)
    July 5, 2011 at 1:24 AM

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

  • Suman Singh
    Suman Singh
    July 5, 2011 at 3:16 AM

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

  • Pari
    July 5, 2011 at 4:14 AM

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

  • Umm Mymoonah
    Umm Mymoonah
    July 5, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    Love the hot jalapeños with watermelon, beautiful pictures.

  • Krithi
    July 5, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    Spiced up watermelon looks super good… superb taste mix..

    Event: Serve It – Grilled/Barbequed/Tandoored

  • Vimitha
    July 5, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Colorful and refreshing cooler..

  • manju
    July 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    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! 🙂

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    July 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Excellent shots and refreshing drink! Adding jalapeno sounds interesting…

  • Joyti
    July 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

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

  • nisha
    July 5, 2011 at 1:13 PM

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

  • Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    July 5, 2011 at 2:00 PM

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

  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    Anna and Liz Recipes
    July 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM

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

  • tigerfish
    July 5, 2011 at 8:13 PM

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

  • torviewtoronto
    July 5, 2011 at 10:26 PM

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

  • Najla
    July 5, 2011 at 11:16 PM

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

  • Manu
    July 6, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    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!

  • Divya Yadava
    Divya Yadava
    July 6, 2011 at 6:47 AM

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

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    July 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM

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

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    July 6, 2011 at 10:15 AM

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

  • lisaiscooking
    July 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

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

  • gloria
    July 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Look absolutely beautiful!!

  • sarah
    July 6, 2011 at 1:24 PM

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

  • Kate
    July 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM

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

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    July 6, 2011 at 9:05 PM

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

  • Maureen
    July 6, 2011 at 10:30 PM

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

  • Chandrani
    July 6, 2011 at 10:42 PM

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

  • The Mistress of Spices
    The Mistress of Spices
    July 7, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    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.

  • Curry and Comfort
    Curry and Comfort
    July 7, 2011 at 5:36 AM

    Looks wonderful and refreshing. Lovely pictures. : )

  • briarrose
    July 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM

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

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    July 7, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    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
    July 8, 2011 at 6:48 AM

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

  • mustardseed
    July 8, 2011 at 7:49 AM

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

  • Lori
    July 8, 2011 at 10:10 PM

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

  • Roxana GreenGirl
    Roxana GreenGirl
    July 8, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    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

  • Nash at Plateful
    Nash at Plateful
    July 9, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    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!!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
    July 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM

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

  • Foodycat
    July 15, 2011 at 7:02 AM

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

  • shanthi
    July 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Wow vibrant coloured coolers and I am bowled with ur clicks