Southern Mom Loves: Serve Mint Watermelon Lemonade Slushes inside a Watermelon Dispenser at Your Next Cookout!

Serve Mint Watermelon Lemonade Slushes inside a Watermelon Dispenser at Your Next Cookout!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #SummerRefreshment #CollectiveBias

It's summer, and that means watermelons! We love watermelon everything at our house and I recently made a delicious mint watermelon lemonade slush that is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day. I thought this would be a great drink to serve at our next cookout, but how to keep them cold and slushy? The answer was right in front of my face! I turned a watermelon into a slush drink dispenser and froze it the night before and it was perfect! It kept our slushes amazingly slushy for hours and I'll show you exactly how to do it and also give you the recipe for this delicious drink.


Since this watermelon was frozen solid, it was the perfect holder for our slushes. If you don't want to go to the trouble of finding, or can't find, a spigot, you can also lay it on it's side and ladle out the slush mixture.


When looking for a spigot, you can use one you already have on a drink dispenser. Simply unscrew it and use it on your watermelon; Just make sure it can handle thicker blended frozen drinks. If you have a frozen drink pitcher with a spigot, that's perfect! 

If you're looking to purchase one, you can find them on Amazon. Search "drink spigot" and make sure you get one for frozen drinks.


Also a note about making your slush: Make it a bit on the watery side. The frozen watermelon is so cold and insulated, it will actually firm your mix up and keep it cold for hours in the heat. You can use it with any drink you want to serve to keep it nice and cold for your guests.



Coca-Cola beverages are fun refreshments for summertime get-togethers, so it's no coincidence that there is a special deal on Minute Maid® Lemonade or Sprite® + watermelons at Kroger stores right now.


Look for the tear-pad display in the produce section by the watermelons and buy any 2 Minute Maid or Sprite 2 liters and save $1 off your watermelon purchase! Grab your faves and then get even more watermelon inspiration here.


Lemonade is so summer, so I made my delish slushes with Minute Maid Lemonade. It's made with real lemon goodness for a classic lemonade taste.


This should be made the day before you plan to serve it since there is overnight freezing involved, but it is so worth it.


First, let's make our mint simple syrup.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 large handful of mint leaves, torn

Directions:
  1. Combine the sugar, water, and mint leaves in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn it down to medium-low and simmer for 3 minutes. 
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain the mint leaves from the syrup and refrigerate.


Now, scoop out your watermelon.

Materials:
  • 1 large watermelon
  • 1 small bowl or stand
  • 1 large bowl
  • a large knife
  • an ice cream scoop or large spoon

Directions:
  1. Stand your watermelon up in the small bowl or on a stand if you have one and score the top with your knife. This will be our lid.
  2. Lay the watermelon on its side and slice off the top. Scoop it out and set aside.
  3. Use an ice cream scoop or a large spoon to scoop out all of the watermelon flesh into your large bowl.
  4. Use a large spoon to finish scraping down the inside.


Then, prep your watermelon dispenser.

Materials:
  • a drill/drill bits or a slim knife
  • a spigot (search "drink spigot" on Amazon. Make sure it can handle frozen/blended drinks)
  • ruler or tape measure

Directions:
  1. Measure the size of the hole you'll need, not including the screw threads. You want it to screw in as tightly as possible. Mark where you want the tap to be and drill or make a hole with your knife.
  2. Screw your spigot in  tightly from the front, making sure not to strip the hole in the rind.
  3. Screw the nut onto the back of the spigot from inside the watermelon tightly.
  4. Optional: Place your finished watermelon dispenser in the freezer tap-side-up overnight.


Next, make your watermelon juice.

Materials:
  • Scooped watermelon
  • a blender
  • a mesh strainer
  • a large jug
  • a spoon or rubber spatula

Directions:
  1. Fill your blender with the scooped watermelon and blend on low for a few seconds until the flesh is pulverized. This happens VERY quickly, so don't over-blend; We don't want to crush the seeds.
  2. Pour the mixture into the strainer set over the jug and allow to drain. Use your spoon to move the pulp around to speed the process up.
  3. Dump the pulp and seeds and repeat until all of your watermelon is blended. (I ended up doing 4 blender jars-full for a huge watermelon.)
  4. Add some of your mint simple syrup and stir. Taste and add more as desired.
  5. Pour into ice cube trays, small tupperware containers, or whatever else you have on hand and freeze overnight.

Lastly, let's make the slushes and fill the dispenser.

Ingredients:
  • 2 liters Minute Maid Lemonade
  • Frozen mint watermelon juice

Directions:
  1. My blended holds 6 cups, so keep that in mind when reading. Fill your blender with the frozen watermelon juice.
  2. Pour in the lemonade to the 5 cup mark.
  3. Add the lid and blend until smooth. Your slushes should be a little loose; Because the watermelon is frozen it will help firm everything up when inside.
  4. Pour your slush mixture into your watermelon and repeat until full. I ended up making 3 batches of slushes to fill my watermelon.
  5. Dispense and enjoy!


It does take some prepping, but the finished project is a very cool way to serve your guests slushes in style, no power cord required.




Serve your slushes with a plate of lemon slices and mint leaves for garnish and everyone can make their own gorgeous glass of deliciousness.



Don't forget to look for that display in your local Kroger store and save some dough on your watermelon creation!


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Are you a fan of watermelon? Will you be making this cool slush dispenser? I love to read your comments!




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