Summertime bliss in a blender

In the summer when I hear the blender roaring in the kitchen, I know something special is in the works. This spring I decided bring back the pina colada - a Tiki classic. But the summer rolls around and emerald-hued watermelons start beckoning you. Heed their call. Watermelon mint slushies are summer in a frosted glass.

It's that time of year when your skin is hot to the touch from being in the sun all day. Your nose is a little red. A cool evening breeze on bare skin feels like an embrace from mother nature herself. An ice-blended cocktail won't just cool you off. It will refresh your spirit.

Fayeruz Regan - bon vivant

Here's my recipe for a watermelon mint slushie:


  • 5 cups of frozen, cubed watermelon
  • One handful of fresh peppermint
  • One can of lime seltzer water
  • Vodka (The amount depends on what kind of day youre having!)
  • Toss into a blender and flip the switch 
  • Note: If the watermelon isn't very sweet, or if you prefer a sweeter slushie, swap lime seltzer for Sprite, or add simple syrup to taste. And if the peppermint isn't stong enough, add more, or cheat by adding a few drops of peppermint extract to your blender. 
  • Add a straw and garnish with a slice of lime, and/or a mint sprig for contrasting color.

how to pick the perfect watermelon

This sweet, fizzy, frozen concoction makes me giddy. Since watermelon is rarely good out of season (it ships in from faraway lands and gets old), I always make sure to buy a couple of extra watermelons at the end of the summer. I cut and cube them, then toss into our deep freezer. It helps extend that summer feeling when I need it most.

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