This lime watermelon juice recipe can chase the heat away.
When cold water just isn’t enough, I long for an iced beverage that comes from a juicer. If you love homemade organic drinks as much as I do, this lime watermelon juice might be what you’re looking for.
A fresh fusion of sweet and tangy, this satiating ruby concoction can make your day less hectic and keep you energized for hours. Plus, it can be made in large amounts and kept in the fridge to have on-the-go whenever you feel like!
Is This Juice Good for You?
You may not find watermelon in the healthiest foods list, but the fruit does have a decent amount of nutrients. It contains various vitamins and minerals and elements that build a healthy body.
Lime juice, meanwhile, packs vitamin C. It gives our immune system a boost and potentially helps it fight diseases.
Besides, for beverages, we especially keep an eye on the amount of sugar we added. The USDA’s latest dietary guidelines recommend that we consume as little added sugar as possible.
Since watermelon is already sweet, we didn’t have to season it with much sugar. Per serving, there is only 1/2 tbsp of added sugar, which translates to just under 15% of what’s recommended.
Using Lime vs Using Lemon
Limes and lemons are cousins, so they can often be interchangeable. But before you make the swap, beware of these key differences:
Taste-wise, you can immediately tell whether you are tasting a lemon or a lime. The yellow citrus is far more fragrant with a stronger sweet note, and tastes less zingy.
In terms of nutritional profile, lemons yield more vitamin C than limes do (data from the USDA). But this difference is minute, considering our lime watermelon juice recipe uses only half a tablespoon of lime juice.
All of the calories in this drink come from pure watermelon juice and the granulated sugar we added for flavor. Each serving yields 81 calories, equating to what a 10-oz watermelon wedge gives.
How to Make
It’s simple: juice the watermelon and lime, and mix everything in a large pitcher to refrigerate.
Our chefs, however, have some tricks up their sleeves:
First, dissolve the sugar with 3-4 tbsp of watermelon juice, then add the rest when everything’s dissolved. Having less liquid means you won’t need to stir as much, saving plenty of time.
Sugar disintegrates more quickly in hotter water, so we recommend using room-temperature watermelons instead of chilled. If you only have chilled watermelons, dissolve sugar in 2 tbsp of hot water first — it gets the job done without diluting the drink too much.
In the list of ingredients we mention rosemary in tablespoons. However that is for nutritional calculating, so you don’t need to tear the rosemary! One sprig of rosemary in each serving glass gives just enough fragrance, and makes the drink look stunning.
Can You Use Bottled Lime Juice for This Recipe?
You can, but here’s why we recommend fresh limes: Bottled lime juice promotes plastic production, has preservatives you don’t need, and doesn’t taste as fresh.
If you find juicing limes laborious or messy, there are many assisting tools that are low cost, and they will last a lifetime. We always juice our limes or lemons with a convenient handheld citrus juicer, and it only takes a few seconds.
How Long Does It Last?
The FDA says they last for 2 hours at room temperature, 2 days refrigerated, and up to a few months when frozen.
If you don’t want to pull out a knife and cutting board every time you get a craving, simply freeze your fruit after cutting them. They will be ready to juice whenever you need a cool drink.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
A refreshing summer drink that is sweet and tangy. The lime adds a nice citrus flavor that complements the sweetness of the watermelon.
seems like a refreshing and healthy beverage option