So, last week I was lucky enough to be taken on holiday to beautiful Dubrovnik in Croatia by my lovely husband. It is such a stunning country, relaxed, friendly and lots of delicious food! It was hot and sunny everyday, and we quickly discovered that most the local shops, markets and supermarkets sold giant halves of watermelon. We bought one and popped it into our fridge, returning every afternoon for a siesta and a big chilled slice of refreshing watermelon to cool us down.
Watermelons are at their best at the moment, deliciously fruity, crisp and refreshing. No hint yet of that bland fuzzy texture that they get when they are purchased out of season. On our return to the UK we have been lucky to have a mini heatwave, and I made sure to have lots of watermelon chilling in the fridge!
This delicious and refreshing drink is sweet and juicy, perfect for a hot sunny day. It is so easy to make – just chuck it all in a blender, and keep any leftovers in the fridge for later. If you are using fresh guava, you may need to add a little sugar to sweeten the juice and a splash of water to thin it out, I used guava fruit juice which was already quite sweet. If you can’t find guava, apple juice would also work.
I love this kind of drink, not just because its delicious and packed with fruit. But it also uses up leftovers – I spend a lot of my summer adding handfuls of slightly mushy strawberries from the bottom of the punnet into sauces, drinks and desserts. Its a great way to stop waste, they still taste good just without the mushy texture! Depending on the sweetness of your watermelon and strawberries you may wish to add a little sprinkle of caster sugar as well, but if they are all lovely and ripe then you shouldn’t need to.
Love my watermelon, guava and strawberry juice and looking for more refreshing summer drinks?
- ¼ of a medium sized watermelon, diced
- 250ml Guava Juice
- ½ a Lime
- Handful of Strawberries
- 5- 6 Mint Leaves
- Crushed Ice
- Add your watermelon and strawberries (stalks removed) into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the juice of half a lime, a handful of ice cubes along with the mint and guava juice.
- Blend until well combined.
- If your mixture is quite thick in texture (or you have lots of big watermelon seeds) strain through a sieve, and add a splash more guava juice.
- Serve or keep covered and chilled in the fridge.