• On the Menu: Strawberry Coconut Watermelon-Ade

    When life hands you watermelons, make (wait for it)… watermelon-ade. Renee Byrd shows us how to make this fruity treat + keep it cool in a funky sipper. Read on to find out how to whip up this refreshing, summertime drink. 
    Photos by Renee Byrd

    This Watermelon-ade is one of the most refreshing drinks on the planet. It takes about 5 minutes and makes approximately 4 servings (or one enormous serving for sipping all day at the beach). The pinch of salt in the recipe brings out the sweetness of the fruit and adds a touch of minerals — perfect for staying well-hydrated in the sun.

    -1/2 small seedless watermelon
    -1 lemon
    -1 lime
    -2 cups (10 ounces) coconut water, fresh or bottled both work
    -1 cup strawberries, green tops removed
    -tiny pinch himalayan pink sea salt (or Celtic sea salt)

    -2 tablespoons maple syrup
    -1-2 cups ice

    Cut the pink fruit of the watermelon away from the rind and discard the rind. Add the watermelon to the bowl of a high powered blender.

    Cut the ends off of the lemon and the lime and cut away the rest of the peel, cutting all of the white peel away from the fruit. Remove as many seeds from the cut lemon and lime as you can. Discard the peel and the seeds.

    Add the lemon, lime, coconut water and strawberries to the blender along with the watermelon. Blend on high until the drink is liquid, about 30 seconds. Taste and adjust sweetness by adding maple syrup, as you like. Serve as-is over ice, or blend with 1-2 cups ice for that ice-cold slushy factor. 

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