Watermelon Coolers

This weekend I paid a visit to the Phoenix farmers market!

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I went with a few ladies from the AZ Bloggers Network

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We browsed around..tasted a few samples, and picked up a few goodies

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There was everything from farm fresh fruit and veggies to artisan bread to fresh goat cheese. I was in heaven.

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Me, Jordan and Emily

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That’s my haul from the market, but lets take a closer look at those awesome rainbow carrots:

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I also brought home a bouquet of flowers – did you know that artichokes bloom if they aren’t picked?

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Such a gorgeous purple flower!

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After the market we met up with Tara for a fabulous brunch at Switch – and treated ourselves to a lovely poinsettia since it was such a warm day Winking smile

Speaking of delicious beverages, lets talk about these watermelon drinks I made last weekend for lounging by the pool!

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You see, my husband really likes watermelon, and he’s pretty picky about how they taste. However I am kinda awful at picking out a sweet juicy watermelon. It never fails that I end up getting one that just wasn’t quite ripe.

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Want to know my little secret? Purchase the watermelon a few days before you plan to eat it – leave it on your counter for a couple days to ripen a little more. Through trial and error I’ve found this to be the best approach.

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These drinks are pretty easy to make – but it can get a little messy when you are straining the juice (or maybe it’s just me?!). The little bit of mint makes these taste really fresh and kind of made the drink for me. It makes a big pitcher so its great for summer entertaining too!

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Watermelon Coolers
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, loosely packed
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 ¼ cups tequila
  • Watermelon wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a blender or food processor, puree watermelon until liquid (working in batches if necessary). Pour watermelon juice through a strainer to catch solids, pressing gently to remove as much liquid as possible. You should have about 6 cups.
  2. Pour 2 cups of the strained watermelon juice back into the blender. Add mint leaves and lime juice and pulse a few times to finely chop the mint leaves. In a large pitcher combine watermelon mint puree, remaining strained watermelon juice and tequila. Mix well and refrigerate for 4 hours, or until completely chilled.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with watermelon wedges, if desired.

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh! I love those colored carrots! Also, bummed I couldn’t go with you guys. I have yet to be to a farmers market out here, looks great.

  2. says

    I’ve been meaning to make some watermelon drinks but just haven’t had the chance. This looks so cool and yummy. I think I should make some. :)

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