Mocktail Month: Watermelon Coco-Cooler

Watermelon Cooler

As mentioned in the Ocsober post, this month some of us are trying to stay off alcohol.  It is difficult.  The weather is HOT! (currently 32c here in Johannesburg).  Braai’s are smoking.  Summer is definitely on its way … perfect for something cooling.

Sticking to water alone is boring.  Fizzy drinks are off the menu (see Baby Gimme Some Sugar).  So what is a sober girl to do?  Blend herself a delicious Mocktail and enjoy watching the beautiful African sunset, of course!

This mocktail is quick, easy and simple to make, and only three ingredients (excluding ice and garnish).  It is hydrating and packed full of nutrients, thanks to the combination of watermelon and coconut water.  Naturally sweet and refreshing it screams SUMMER!

We know coconut water is an excellent hydrator, but why is watermelon so wonderful?

Although watermelon is 92% water, it is considered to be nutrient dense.  Each juicy bite is packed full of Vitamins A, B6 and C, lycopene, amino acids and antioxidants.  It is low in fat, low calorie, hydrating and very low in sodium.  This makes it a perfect ingredient in many diets: low fat/ high fibre, low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, athletic.

The health benefits of this combination are wide: lycopene a powerful antioxidant, contributes towards heart health, has anti-inflammatory properties, helping arthritis sufferers or people who have been recently ill, and it works as an antioxidant against free radicals; Vitamin A helps maintain eye health, is an antioxidant and is a wonder for skin and hair; Vitamin C helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds and prevent cell damage; Vitamin B6 helps brain function and converts protein to energy; the amino acids citrulline and arginine help blood flow, and reduce muscle soreness after a workout.


This pretty pink cooler will become your summer staple!

RECIPE

WATERMELON COCO-COOLER

(Serves 8)

INGREDIENTS

Whole seedless watermelon approximately 1.3kg

Coconut water (unsweetened and unflavoured) approximately 1 litre

Freshly squeezed lime 2 tbsp

Ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Remove rind, chop flesh and purée the watermelon in a blender.
  2. Carefully pass the watermelon purée through a fine sieve over a large jug. Discard the leftover pulp.
  3. Stir in the lime juice and coconut water.
  4. Cover and chill in the fridge until cold – approximately 1 hour.
  5. Serve over ice and decorate with a round of lime or some fresh mint.

CHEERS!

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