Watermelon Lime Cooler

We moved to Arizona last summer — at the END of the summer. Sure, it was hot, but the mornings and the evenings were divine. It has been such a great move for us in so many ways. I read several books outside, sitting on the patio, sipping this drink. Good times!


1/2 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons sugar

8 cups cubed watermelon

3 cups ginger ale

lime wedges and fresh mint, for garnish


In a small saucepan, combine the lime juice and sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

Place the watermelon cubes in the bowl of a food processor or a blender, and process until smooth. This may have to be done in batches, depending on the size of your blender or food processor.

Pour the watermelon into a mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Discard the solids in the strainer, and stir the lim syrup into the liquid watermelon in the bowl. Transfer the mixture to a 2-qt. pitcher, and pour in the ginger ale right before serving. Garnish the glasses with the lime wedges and a sprig of mint, fill with ice, and pour the mixture in.


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