Who doesn’t love a cold drink on a hot day? This is the most refreshing, beautiful beverage to enjoy during these late-summer afternoons. My Sparkling Watermelon Electrolyte Water is packed with nutrients thanks to colorful fruit and coconut water – they also give it just a touch of sweetness. Some mineral water and mint bring it all together for a fizzy, flavorful cup of goodness.
This is my go-to, post-hot-yoga drink of choice. It’s incredibly revitalizing, not to mention really tasty, so I love sipping on it after a really good workout. You will too! I promise. Not only is this Sparkling Watermelon Electrolyte Water great after a sweat sesh, but it’s also the perfect non-alcoholic beverage recipe for a baby shower or bridal shower or even just a backyard party. You can whip it up in a few easy steps and it stays fresh in the fridge for up to a two days.
Why You Should Drink This Sparkling Watermelon Electrolyte Water
Electrolyte is basically a fancy word for certain minerals that conduct electricity inside the body and have a huge impact on our nerve and muscle function, blood pressure, and of course hydration. Ever notice your muscles cramping or hurting after a big workout, or maybe you get a headache on a really hot day? This is dehydration at work. Electrolytes also help to eliminate cellular waste and deliver nutrients where they are needed.
Watermelon contains potassium, sodium, and phosphorus – essential electrolytes that are especially important to replace when you’re sweating. This beautiful fruit also provides some nourishing antioxidant carotenoids to fight toxins and support your immune system. When you blend the watermelon up into juice and freeze it for this recipe, it forms into perfect little fuchsia cubes that slowly dissolve in your Sparkling Watermelon Electrolyte Water, giving it a pink tint, a lovely flavor, and a powerful nutritional boost.
Cucumbers are one of my favorite foods. I actually, kind of, usually eat them every single day in the summer. And the spring and fall too. And sometimes the winter. You can see, I love cucumbers. They are super refreshing and like watermelons, they contain a large amount of water and some beneficial electrolytes. Cukes provide phosphorus, potassium, some calcium, and even a bit of magnesium. They impart a really mild, fresh flavor that balances perfectly with the sweetness of the watermelon. They also absorb all the yummy flavors in this drink – so make sure you eat them when you’re done sipping!
You may have heard a lot about coconut water lately, which is awesome because IT is awesome. When you buy a high-quality coconut water (i.e. – one without added sugar or flavors – 100% pure) you are getting the nectar of the gods. In this Sparkling Watermelon Electrolyte Water, coconut water adds an extra layer of sweet flavor, plus it has more potassium per serving than bananas and a nice dose of sodium. Now, please don’t let that word – sodium – freak you out. We need it! For reals. It’s an important electrolyte that helps the others work efficiently. When you are getting sodium from sources like coconut water, instead of, say, a Big Mac, it is safe and healthy. Nutritionist approved!
I prefer Taste Nirvana Coconut Water – it doesn’t have any junk added to it and has a really delicious taste. Here is a link:Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water, 12 pack
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The lemon juice, mint, and mineral water added to the above ingredients make this drink a complete package of flavor, mouth-feel (super chef-y term, I know), and appearance.
On to the making of this gorgeous Sparkling Watermelon Electrolyte Water.
How You Can Make It
It’s important to plan ahead for this recipe, as you’ll need to blend up your watermelon and freeze it in an ice cube tray at least 3 hours ahead of time, but preferably overnight.
After your watermelon juice is frozen, you’re going to pour your coconut water and lemon juice in a big pitcher. Then, slowly pour in your mineral water, allowing it to bubble and settle before adding more. Next, toss in your sliced cucumbers, lemon slices, and watermelon cubes. Add a few sprigs of mint and use a long spoon to gently stir everything together, then pop some additional mint in the top of the pitcher. Done! Allow it to sit for at least a half-hour before serving, so the flavors can all blend together.
You’ll be amazed how satisfying and delicious this Sparkling Watermelon Electrolyte Water is. Store any extra in the fridge in a sealed jar, the fizziness might fade but the flavors just seem to get stronger. For a super-healthy, super-colorful feast, serve this lovely drink with my Rainbow Basil Kale Salad and Paleo Vanilla Lime Cheesecake Bars. Hope you enjoy it in good health!
Sparkling Watermelon Electrolyte Water
Yield 6-8 servings
This beautiful beverage is packed with beneficial minerals to hydrate your body and keep you feeling refreshed.
- 1/2 small watermelon
- 1 English cucumber, sliced into rounds
- 2 lemons, sliced into rounds
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1 - 17.5 oz. can of coconut water (I prefer Taste Nirvana)
- 5 cups sparkling mineral water or seltzer
- several large sprigs of mint
- Scoop watermelon into blender; blend on high until it becomes the consistency of juice.
- Pour watermelon juice into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 3 hours.
- Pour coconut water and lemon juice into a pitcher.
- Slowly pour sparkling mineral water or seltzer into pitcher. Add cucumber, lemon slices, and frozen watermelon cubes. Gently stir to mix.
- Add a few sprigs of mint to the pitcher, pushing a few down inside and leaving a couple popping out of the top.
- For optimal flavor, allow to sit in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
- Eat the leftover fruit! It will be infused with all the refreshing flavors of cucumber, mint, and watermelon.