Mouthwatering Watermelon Cooler

It's summertime and nothing beats this heat better than a nice cool poolside drink!

  • cups coarsely chopped seeded watermelon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
  • cups white grape juice
  • teaspoon shredded lime peel
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice, chilled
  • 32 ounces club soda, chilled
  • fresh mint sprigs (optional)
  • watermelon wedges or balls (optional)
Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth. Strain watermelon puree through a fine mesh sieve; discard pulp.In a large bowl combine all the sugar and mint. Using the back of a wooden spoon, lightly crush mint by pressing it against the side of the bowl. Add grape juice, lime peel, lime juice, and watermelon puree, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 32 ounces of club soda. Serve in glasses over ice. If desired, garnish with mint sprigs and watermelon wedges or balls. Serve immediately. Recipe makes 9 servings.