Don't Let Watermelon Go To Waste: Drink It!

This is the time of year, replete with picnics and cook-outs, when there always seems to be a quarter of a watermelon languishing in the fridge. We adore ice-cold watermelon, but one of these ponderous fruits is far more than our household can consume. Instead of slipping the last mushy slices into the compost bin, though, we've been using them up in a much more delicious fashion: over ice in a frosty glass!

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Watermelon, even when it's getting over-ripe and mushy, is always good for a blended drink. If you have some watermelon getting a little soft in the fridge, cut it into cubes, pop it into the blender, and sip away. We like ours mixed with lemonade (or frozen lemonade!) or mixed up into a watermelon mojitos. You can also make popsicles out of the juice, or make a drink with fizz.

Do you have any good tips or recipes for leftover watermelon?

Related: How To: Use Up Overripe Fruit

(Images: National Watermelon Promotion Board; Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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