A drink Harry Styles would love? Watermelon slushie

  • Watermelon slushie. —Molly Parr

For the Gazette
Published: 7/30/2020 2:52:30 PM

Summer fruit is peaking right now, with ripe stone fruit and scented melons for sale at orchards and markets and arriving in weekly farm shares. I often go savory with my fruit — imagine a salad of pickled fennel and peaches tied together with a balsamic brown sugar vinaigrette, or a cantaloupe salad with black olives, red onion and a mint vinaigrette. But it’s been hot out, and I’ve hit the point in the season where all I want is a refreshing beverage. 

Most summers my refreshing beverage of choice is sun tea, where I fill a big glass jar with water, a couple of tea bags and set it in the 90-degree sun for a couple of hours, then refrigerate. But I’ve had my mind on blender drinks for a few weeks now, in large part because I’ve been experimenting with the surplus of cucumbers from the garden. While citrus and fresh herbs have been good, my bevvy needed something more. 

The answer, it turns out, arrived in the form of a watermelon from the CSA. After seeing me schlep it in from the car, my 5-year-old became fixated on it. Once the lunch dishes were cleared, she got her wish. I cut up a bit more of the melon for seconds and thirds. When she forgot about the second and thirds, my thoughts turned to the blender. 

The watermelon, whirled up with half a cucumber from the garden, a touch of lime and mint, was as refreshing as it sounds. My slushie drink was cool by itself because everything except the mint, grown in a side porch, had been in the fridge. If you’re using a melon or cucumber that hasn’t been refrigerated, adding a few ice cubes to the blender will chill things down. Vodka, too, would make this even more refreshing, but I’ll wait until dinner is done and the dishes need washing for that addition. 

Watermelon Slushie


1 ½ cups of watermelon, seeded and chopped 

½ cup cucumber, seeded and chopped

Juice of ½ lime

3 mint leaves


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 15 seconds. 

Pour in glass. Add straw. Enjoy. 

Serves 1.


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