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Few things are more refreshing on a hot summer day than a slice of chilled watermelon. Except, perhaps, if you blend it, chill it, and sweeten it with a mint-infused syrup. Served over ice with a healthy dose of perky lime juice, this “fresh water” will have you feeling like you just got watered like a plant. You can also make it with honeydew or cantaloupe. Adjust the sweetness to your liking depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Guaranteed to sooth heat-tingling tongues, serve this cooler alongside spicy salsas, tacos, or other chile-smothered dishes.

Robin Bashinsky


Credit: Greg DuPree

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10 mins
45 mins
Serves 6


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  • Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Cook over high, whisking occasionally, until sugar dissolves, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and add mint. Let stand, uncovered, 15 minutes. Strain into a bowl and discard mint. Chill syrup until ready to use.

  • Process watermelon in a blender until smooth. Strain into a large pitcher (you should have about 4 cups. If you have more, reserve for another batch); discard solids.

  • Stir together water, lime juice, 4 cups watermelon juice, and ½ cup syrup in a pitcher. (Reserve remaining Mint Simple Syrup for another use). Serve over ice, and garnish with mint sprigs.