Drink Recipe: Watermelon Strawberry Cooler

published Jul 13, 2011
Watermelon Strawberry Cooler Recipe
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It’s unofficial watermelon and strawberry day here at The Kitchn, from newfangled grilled watermelon to old-fashioned strawberry shortcake. We’ve also been enjoying these two summertime ingredients together lately in the form of a super refreshing, beautifully hued, non-alcoholic drink.

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After playing around with various proportions in our juicer (you can use a blender or food processor, too), we settled on a 4:1 watermelon to strawberry ratio. Use too many strawberries and it veers into candy territory (which is not necessarily a bad thing; a friend excitedly called it “Now and Later Juice”), too few and the drink lacks a certain special sweetness. To amp up the refreshing factor, we added a bit of lime and freshly muddled mint.

Finally, a couple teaspoons of chia seeds give the drink a delightful texture – kind of like tiny tapioca pearls. Look for chia seeds at health food stores or Central American markets. However, if you can’t find chia seeds (or don’t like them – gasp!), the drink is perfectly delicious without.

Watermelon Strawberry Cooler Recipe

Makes about 2 cups

Serves 2

Nutritional Info


  • 4 cups

    cubed watermelon

  • 1 cup

    hulled strawberries

  • 1/2

    peeled lime (or juice from 1/2 lime)

  • 2 teaspoons

    chia seeds

  • 6

    mint leaves, plus more for garnish

  • Ice (optional)


  1. If using juicer: Juice the watermelon, strawberries, and lime according to juicer's instructions. Discard the pulp.

    If using blender or food processor: Blend the watermelon, strawberries, and lime until smooth. Strain through a sieve, pushing the juice through with a spatula. Discard the solids.

  2. Mix the chia seeds into the juice and refrigerate for about 15 minutes to let the chia seeds swell.

  3. Muddle 3 mint leaves in the bottom of each glass. Fill glasses with ice (optional). Stir the juice to break up the chia seeds, pour into glasses, and serve.

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