2 glasses filled with Coconut Watermelon Slushy

This Coconut Watermelon Slushy Will Be Your New Summertime Go To

I’m originally from Florida, and in Florida we DO watermelon. July being the sweet spot of the season. It’s what made the 4th of July feel like the 4th of July. Not a single backyard BBQ, summertime camp, potluck, or swim session went down without a giant melon split open on a table. If my adult self could go back in time, the only thing I’d change is having this giant watermelon slushy by my side at all times.

Obviously time travel isn’t a thing (or….ok…I like sifi…) so my adult self took watermelon by the horns and BOOM. Frozen chunks of melon whirled together with Cream of Coconut. A squeeze of lime. Sprig of mint or basil. Shot of rum or vodka or tequila- which are totally optional but super delicious. Totally customizable which makes this watermelon slushy all the people friendly! Whirl a batch, spike yours and keep the rest virgin, or don’t. This is a One and Done recipe which fits everyones summertime needs.

Coconut Watermelon Slushy

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Susanna Grace Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Calories

490

kcal
Total time

2

hours 

15

minutes

Refreshingly light yet creamy. The perfect summertime, pool time, patio time drink that’s alcohol optional making it kid friendly too!

Ingredients

  • 4 handfuls Frozen watermelon chunks

  • 4 oz Cream of Coconut

  • 1 Lime, juiced

  • Optional Spring of mint or basil + diced watermelon

  • Optional Alcohol such as rum, vodka or tequila

Directions

  • Take your large chunks of watermelon and freeze solid. Minimum of 2 hours, but preferably overnight. 
  • Place frozen chunks into a blender, shake and then add 4oz of Cream of Coconut, and the juice of 1 lime.
  • Blend until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Pour into 2 large glasses, and garnish with fresh herbs and mini diced watermelon chunks! Yields about 24 ounces total.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Why the extra step of freezing chunks of watermelon? Well, watermelon already has so much water in it that blending with ice makes the consistency and flavor of this drink fall flat, in my opinion.
  • If you already know you want to be extra with the garnish, go ahead and dice up some mini chunks of melon to freeze as well! That way they help keep your drink nice a cool and leave you with a yummy treat at the end!
  • If you’re opting for the boozy version- you can of course blend it with the rest of your ingredients. However, if you’re providing folks with a non alcoholic option, you can simply stir in your spirit once it’s in the glass. Kinda like a piña colada floater. Same idea.
  • Please note the nutritional information below was calculated using a calculator designed by: Verywell Fit. This information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but should not be taken as medical advice 🙂 

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Nutrition Facts

2 servings per container


Calories490

  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 38.4g 60%
    • Saturated Fat 31g 155%
  • Sodium 5mg 1%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 391mg 12%
  • Total Carbohydrate 37.2g 13%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%
    • Sugars 19g
  • Protein 6g 12%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 5%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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Slushy Garnish

Ok, so any slushy, including my Coconut Watermelon Slushy does NOT need garnishing. Garnishing is extra. A bonus if you will. Something meant to heighten the senses both visually and through smell. Don’t have time, energy, or sheer will power to garnish? Don’t sweat it. Just chug straight from the blender if need be.

But should you be feeling extra-y I can definitely recommend a sprig of mint or basil. Colorwise, the contrast of red and green are classic. HELLO holiday scheme. And when has garden fresh anything ever been a bad thing? The natural oils from both these herbs really make this whole slushy POP without much added work.

Because I couldn’t stop myself I also threw in a cute cocktail stirrer. One I snagged from the dollar spot in Target a few summer seasons back, and topped with a few smaller watermelon chunks. Same concept as sangria. There’s something yummy to chew on at the end.

Make It Feel Like Summer

Whether it happens to be summertime, or your planning for summer time… go ahead and save this watermelon slushy to your list of MUST makes. It’s the perfect patio pairing alongside my grilled Hot Wing recipe. Perfect with a shot of tequila when served with my Spicy Mushroom Fajitas. And boy does it HIT the spot when you’re at the pool, on a deck, or sittin on a screen porch if you live in mosquito infested territory like me.

The Slushy: Brief History

You already know I can’t let you leave without a brief tidbit on how the slushy came to be! Picture this. It’s 1950 and a HOT Kansas City, Kansas kinda day. Your soda fountain machine breaks down but you got bills to pay. So the colas go into the freezer so customers can still get their fix. Except when you pop that sucker open, there’s a slush sitting on top which everyone falls in love with. So you make an entire machine to replicate that consistency and introduce Americans to the wonderful world of slushies, slurpees, and icees. Well, that’s exactly what Omar Knedlik did.

While his machines saw success through the 60s it wasn’t until 7 Eleven purchased licensing rights in the 70s that this phenomena exploded coast to coast. All because a soda fountain broke down and Omar seized the opportunity to get creative! For a deeper dive into who Omar was you can rabbit hole right here 🙂

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  1. VEEERRRRRYYYY coooool adjustable feature on the serving size that, in turn, adjusts ingredient proportions!!!!!

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