Watermelon Juice that’s refreshing, naturally sweet and satisfying! Make your favorite watermelon juice in 5 different flavors with my easy recipes. It is a perfect beverage on a hot day, after a workout, or any time you want to refresh yourself. With its high water content, watermelon is a perfect fruit for juicing. The fact that it tastes delicious is a great reason you should be making it at home.
Of course, eating watermelon is a great way to enjoy it, and we can’t dispute its great taste, texture and versatility. Turning the fruit into juice is really simple and offers an option for those who are looking for a terrific beverage.
Benefits of Watermelon
Watermelon is one of the best thirst quenchers and can be an instant remedy to treat sunstroke & heat during summer. It has a moisture content of up to 92% so it can instantly hydrate us.
It is a great food after exercise or exertion because it is high in potassium which our body needs to recover.
Watermelon is high in lycopene, which gives it its beautiful red color. It’s an antioxidant that protects our body from free radicals which otherwise can harm the healthy system.
Watermelon is also a good source of vitamin C, Vitamin A, biotin and many other nutrients.
About Watermelon Juice
In this post I share watermelon juice recipes in 5 refreshing flavors. They are tested to perfection and will give you delicious drinks!
Melons are best consumed on their own for quick absorption. While enjoying the pure taste of watermelon in a beverage is nice, you can also make it in many different refreshing flavors.
Fruits like oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, lemons or limes go well with watermelon & increase the nutrition values of the juice.
Lemon, for example, increases the amount of vitamin C, while adding an acidic note that brightens this juice considerably. It is a natural boost for your immune system.
Fresh mint leaves are great to make a watermelon mint cooler. They are also good for digestion and brings a fresh flavor to your watermelon juice while freshening breath.
Beyond adding a bit of heat to the watermelon juice, black pepper is believed to enhance the absorption of certain nutrients, as well as further improving digestive health.
Ginger contributes anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is used to treat a variety of digestive issues, such as nausea, while helping to fight colds and flu.
Cold Pressed Watermelon Juice vs Blender Juice
Watermelon, with its high percentage of water, is a great choice for juice. If you happen to have a slow juicer, this process will be super easy. It is notable that slow juicers retain more nutrient content in the juice since they do not produce as much heat as a fast juicer, making it a great choice for optimal health benefits.
Alternately, you can easily make watermelon juice in your home blender. Simply prepare the fruit and blend on high speed until completely liquefied.
You can strain it through a fine mesh strainer if you like, but it really isn’t necessary. It is healthier to consume the juice with its pulp as it has fiber content.
How to Pick a Watermelon
Selecting a watermelon is quite easy if you look for the following. First of all, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size. This is an indication that it is going to be very juicy when you cut it.
Second, check out the color of the underside of the watermelon. It should have a yellow spot where it rested in the field. This is an indication of how ripe it is. Avoid a watermelon that has a white field spot as this indicates insufficient ripening in the field which will translate to a less-sweet melon.
Third, a ripe watermelon should have a deep sound when you hit it with your hand. If the watermelon has a hollow or flat sound when tapped, it’s likely overripe and should be avoided.
Finally, choose a watermelon that has a uniform shape and has a firm feel. It should not yield to pressure or scratch easily which is an indication that it may be overripe.
How to Cut Watermelon (stepwise photos)
I have found 2 easy ways to cut a watermelon. The first method I have shown below in the step wise pictures is also the most efficient way to deseed the watermelon. The second method is good for seedless watermelon.
1. Rinse watermelon under running water and pat dry or air dry. Cut the watermelon to 2 parts. You can also chill the whole melon if you prefer chilled juice.
2. Then cut each part to 4 quarters.
3. Slice each quarter to 2, again roughly running through the lines on the watermelon.
4. Scoop out the seeds gently with a knife.
5. Mine had a lot of seeds, so I had to slice them further and then deseed.
6. You can easily cut the flesh from the rind. If you prefer cold juice, put the cut watermelon in the freezer for 30 mins or in the fridge until chilled.
How To Make Watermelon Juice
7. Rinse and wipe dry the lemon & cut to 2 parts. If you want plain watermelon juice, simply chill the fruit and blend with some lemon juice. To make the watermelon mint cooler, peel a small piece of ginger if you want to use it. Clean 8 mint leaves as well.
8. Add all of them to the blender jar along with any sweetener if you prefer. We don’t add any sweetener or ice cubes or water. Some blenders can’t blend without any liquid. In that case start with only a handful of watermelon cubes and blend first or pour half cup chilled water. Then add the rest later.
9. Blend it until smooth & frothy.
Pour watermelon juice to serving glasses and top with black pepper or chaat masala if you prefer.
The best time to enjoy watermelon is when it is fresh. Enjoying a glass of delicious watermelon juice is a great way to hydrate while replenishing essential minerals. It is something you will feel good making at home and serving to your family and friends.
If you have excess watermelon juice, pour it to freezer safe cups or popsicle moulds or ice trays and freeze it.
Watermelon Orange Juice
Watermelon with any citrus fruits pair well. The Sweetness in the watermelon balances the tang from the citrus fruits. There are 2 ways you can use oranges in this recipe. You can cut the oranges and extract the juice in a citrus juicer (manual or electric). The other option is to peel the oranges, remove the pith completely and blend with the watermelons.
Here I went ahead juicing them in the electric citrus juicer. Made the watermelon juice separately. If you have a family with different choices this helps as you can make different combinations.
Pour orange juice into the serving glass and top with watermelon juice. We personally prefer 1 part orange juice and 2 parts watermelon juice. You can use however you like. Sprinkle Chaat Masala if you prefer.
Watermelon & Strawberry Juice
For this combination you will use 3 parts watermelon, 1 part strawberries & 1 part Ice cubes. Since strawberries are a pulpy fruit, they require some liquid to blend. Ice keeps the watermelon juice cold and won’t rise the temperature of the juice. If you want you may add some lemon juice depending on how sweet your strawberries taste.
I love the crunchy strawberry seeds so I don’t prefer to strain the juice. If you want you may. This juice is on the thicker side, so you may add some ice cubes but that is going to dilute the flavors.
Method 2 to Cut Watermelon
Begin by slicing the top and the bottom of the watermelon, cutting deeply enough to expose some of the red flesh. At this point, rest the melon on your cutting board on one of the cut ends to prevent it from rolling around.
Beginning at the top with a large knife, make a long cut from top to bottom, following the curved shape of the watermelon. This should remove the outside of the melon (skin & rind) and expose the red flesh.
At this point, continue to make cuts around the outside of the watermelon, from top to bottom, removing the green and white rind so that only the red flesh remains.
Once you have a completely peeled watermelon, you can cut it in half down the middle. This will expose some of the seeds. At this point you can cut the watermelon in order to expose the seeds which tend to run the length of the flesh.
Using a spoon, you can easily remove the seeds. From this point, you can continue to cut the fruit into smaller pieces which can be eaten or juiced, according to your needs.
Can you freeze watermelon?
One way to keep uneaten watermelon is to cut and freeze it. While the result will not be desirable if you plan to eat the watermelon, you can use it for juice. It is worth noting that it won’t be quite as delicious as fresh watermelon in season.
How to store watermelon?
An uncut whole watermelon can be stored at room temperature for 7 to 10 days in a well ventilated cool place. In order to preserve its freshness, it is best to cut and eat it within a week or two for optimal freshness, flavor, and texture.
How to store cut watermelon?
If you plan to refrigerate the cut fruit, you can also also keep the skin and rind intact and wrap it in a cling wrap. The other way is to cube the flesh of the watermelon and store in an air tight glass containers. This way they keep good for 2 to 3 days.
Can you eat watermelon seeds?
It just so happens that watermelon seeds are edible. While they are low in calories, they do offer small traces of nutrients like zinc, magnesium, and iron.
So we don’t mind including a few seeds in our juice as well. I don’t deliberately add the seeds though but a few here and there are just fine for us. I rarely remove the white seeds as they are too tender and delicate to remove them out.
Watermelon Juice Recipe (5 Combinations)
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
Plain Watermelon Juice
- 5 cups watermelon cubes, deseeded & chilled
- 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice (adjust to taste)
Watermelon Mint Cooler
- 5 cups watermelon cubed, deseeded & chilled
- 8 to 10 mint leaves (young leaves, no stalks)
- ½ inch ginger (optional)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice (or limejuice or ¼ cup calamansi juice)
- ¼ teaspoon pink salt , rock salt or black salt
Watermelon Orange Juice
- 4 cups Watermelon cubed
- 2 to 3 Oranges (or ½ cup orange juice)
Watermelon Strawberry Juice
- 3 to 3½ cups Watermelon cubes, deseeded
- 1 cup strawberries (chopped, 8 large or 12 medium or ½ cup puree)
- 1 cup ice cubes (6 to 8, 30 ml cubes)
Watermelon Aloe Vera Juice
- 5 cups Watermelon chilled, deseeded
- 2 inch Aloe vera gel (or 2 servings of store bought gel)
- 8 to 10 fresh mint leaves (optional)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or limejuice or ¼ cup calamansi juice)
For Serving (Optional)
- 2 pinches ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (or sweet basil seeds – sabja, soaked for 30 mins)
- ¼ teaspoon chaat masala
How to Cut watermelon
- Rinse watermelon under running water. Pat dry with kitchen tissues or air dry it for a while.
- To start with cut the watermelon in the center, to 2 parts. Invert the cutside of the watermelon on to the chopping board, so it rests without rolling around. Then quarter each part, following the lines on the watermelon.
How to Deseed watermelon
- Slice each quarter further to 2 to 3 parts (lengthwise) to help deseed watermelon easily. Using a small knife, gently remove the seeds following the line. Tender white seeds are okay to be used.
- Chop the watermelon pulp from the rind. To avoid ice cubes, you can chill the watermelon before juicing.
How To Make Watermelon Juice
- Add the ingredients to a blender jar and blend till smooth & frothy. If you do not have a powerful blender, then start with just a handful of watermelon cubes and then add the rest later. Or pour half cup chilled water and blend.
- If using soaked chia or sabja seeds, add them to your serving glass. Then pour the watermelon juice & top with black pepper or chaat masala. Serve it immediately.
Watermelon Orange Juice
- Without Strainer: Juice the cut oranges in a electric or manual squeezer/juicer. Blend the watemelon until smooth and frothy in a blender. Pour the required amount of orange juice to the serving glasses and top with watermelon juice.
- Strained Juice: Peel the oranges and remove the pith, seperate the segments and deseed them. You may check this orange juice post for easy way to deseed oranges. Add the watermelons to a blender and oranges. Blend until smooth. Pass the juice through a strainer if you want.
Watermelon Juice in Cold Press Juicer
- Use a smoothie strainer to retain most of the pulp in your watermelon juice. All of the 5 versions work well in a cold press juicer. For the strawberry version use about ¼ cup water instead of ice.
- It is important to chill the watermelon before blending because we don’t want to bring up the temperature of the fruit.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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This watermelon juice recipe was first published in April 2015. Updated and republished in March 2021.
I’m Swasthi Shreekanth, the recipe developer, food photographer & food writer behind Swasthi’s Recipes. My aim is to help you cook great Indian food with my time-tested recipes. After 2 decades of experience in practical Indian cooking I started this blog to help people cook better & more often at home. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook I am sure Swasthi’s Recipes will assist you to enhance your cooking skills.
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