This watermelon mint cooler recipe is super easy to mix and makes for a refreshing light cocktail to drink on a stifling summer afternoon or a sticky day in the tropics. If you’re in the chilly northern hemisphere turn up your heating and pretend you’re some place warm.

Here in Siem Reap we’re continuing our holiday cocktail series with this watermelon mint cooler recipe. If you haven’t checked in for a while, so far we’ve posted cocktail recipes for an authentic Cuban mojito (based on those we sipped on our first Cuba trip in the mid Nineties), a classic Champagne cocktail with a tropical (red dragonfruit) twist, a classic Negroni with winter spices, and a frappe-style White Peach Bellini recipe, courtesy of Chef Peter Gilmore of Quay restaurant in Sydney.

I adore watermelons, especially when they’re icy cold after being left in the fridge for a while. I always associate them with my childhood growing up in Australia and long hot summers in the suburbs of Sydney.

My parents and grandparents always had watermelon in the fridge over summer and I have fond memories of munching into big chunky slices the size of my head, the sweet juices dripping down my hands and arms, leaving trails of stickiness.

I remember my dad – whose early death sixteen years ago I quietly commemorated on the 2nd of this month with some strong cocktails at home – warning me with a wink not to swallow the seeds or else a watermelon would grow in my belly.

Watermelon Mint Cooler Recipe – A Refreshing Cocktail For a Warm Day

Our watermelon mint cooler recipe makes use of the watermelons that are in season now here in parts of Southeast Asia and Australia. A semi-tropical fruit watermelons love the sun and dry weather, requiring a couple of months of constant sunshine to grow and the more intense the sun and heat is, the more intense the flavour, colour and sweetness.

It’s strange to think that watermelons are harvested around the same time at home in Australia in the southern hemisphere as they are here in Cambodia in the northern hemisphere, where they’re grown in the dry season between the rice harvest and rice cultivation.

Most watermelon mint cool recipes don’t include coconut water. I’ve added it as we drink fresh coconut water all the time here in Cambodia – straight from the coconut.

We buy the fresh coconuts from roadside stands and street food stalls, where vendors keep the coconuts in fridges so they’re nice and chilled. They just hack off the top, make a hole and poke a straw into the fruit.

Coconut sipping is an essential experience in Cambodia, including on the temple excursions we do during our culinary tours, as they’re wonderfully hydrating as the natural sugars restore blood sugar levels faster than water, making them a perfect pick-me-up after a morning spent scrambling Angkor Wat.

While this watermelon mint cooler recipe is delicious as it is, it’s a recipe that is adapted easily. Leave out the bubbly and top the drink with sparkling mineral water instead and you have a healthy thirst-quenching mocktail. Skip the bubbles entirely and pour into ice-block moulds to create healthy popsicles. You can also throw chopped mint into the blender.

Looking for a headier cocktail, skip the coconut water, and replace the sparkling wine or Champagne with vodka, gin, white rum, or tequila, which can also go in the blender. Whatever you do, garnish with fresh mint for extra zing.

Cheers, Dad! xx

Watermelon Mint Cooler Recipe – A Refreshing Cocktail For a Warm Day

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Watermelon Mint Cooler Recipe – A Refreshing Cocktail For a Warm Day
This watermelon mint cooler recipe is super easy to mix and makes for a refreshing light cocktail to drink on a stifling summer afternoon or a sticky day in the tropics.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 6
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Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 500g watermelon
  • ½ cup / 125ml coconut water
  • 3 cups / 750ml Champagne / sparkling wine
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Scoop out chunks of watermelon including juice, poke out seeds, pop the pieces and any watermelon juice into the blender.
  2. Add the ice and pour coconut water into the blender – fresh is best but store-bought works too.
  3. Blend until frothy and smooth, strain, and pour into six large wine glasses or champagne flutes.
  4. Fill with sparkling white wine or Champagne and garnish with mint.
Notes
While this watermelon mint cooler recipe is delicious as it is, it’s a recipe that is adapted easily. Leave out the bubbly and top the drink with sparkling mineral water instead and you have a healthy thirst-quenching mocktail. Skip the bubbles entirely and pour into ice-block moulds to create healthy popsicles. You can also throw chopped mint into the blender.

Looking for a headier cocktail, skip the coconut water, and replace the sparkling wine or Champagne with vodka, gin, white rum, or tequila, which can also go in the blender. Whatever you do, garnish with fresh mint for extra zing.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 140 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 1g Sugar: 6.4g Sodium: 31mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

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