Minty Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

minty watermelon cucumber cooler minted watermelon cooler

Monday may have marked the end of summer, but it’s still hot during the day, and I’m still enjoying summer melon and cucumbers.  I still need something to cool me off in the afternoon after I’ve been running errands all day and just need to put my feet up and relax a bit.

This is a version of my favorite go-to juice.  (I left out the spinach.  The color isn’t as pretty.)  It only uses a tiny bit of sugar–just enough to muddle with the fresh mint leaves.  Make sure to find a really good, heavy melon.  Hopefully you’ll get lucky and it will be as sweet as the one I used.  It was nectar–pure, sweet nectar.

Bottoms up!

minted watermelon cucumber cooler

Minted Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler

  • 1/4 large watermelon
  • 1 cucumber (use more if you want more cucumber flavor), plus extra slices for garnish
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint, save some for the garnish
  • 1/4 evaporated cane juice or raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus extra slices for garnish

Seed the watermelon and cucumber.  Puree in a blender.  Muddle the mint with the sugar.  Mix with the watermelon/cucumber puree.  Stir well and let sit for awhile for flavors to meld.  Strain through a sieve if desired, to remove the mint leaves or any unwanted pulp.  Pour over ice in a pitcher and add slices of cucumber, lime, and whole mint leaves.  Serve ice cold.

Makes about 2 quarts of juice.

**If you want a grown-up version, add vodka or rum.

Cafe Johnsonia   – article + photos: Lindsey Johnson of Cafe Johnsonia


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Kristen :

    Whoa – gorgeous pictures and what a great drink! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Allison :

      Isn’t Lindsey talented? Astonishingly so. I think you should make it with Vodka this weekend. You made it through the first week of school!

  2. Kate :

    yumm! Looks really good! I want to try this summery drink before the cooler weather is here.

  3. Megan Freels Johnston :

    I am totally making that! I just showed my husband!!