Watermelon Juice

This easy watermelon juice recipe is perfect for hot summer days. Made with just 3 ingredients (and no added sugar!), it's cool, delicious, and refreshing.

Watermelon juice

A cold glass of this watermelon juice is everything I want on a warm summer day. When it’s blistering hot outside (or super humid, like it has been here), this hydrating juice is the best way to cool off. And, like, how gorgeous is that color?! Topped off with a sprig of fresh mint, this watermelon juice is just plain fun.

Cubed melon in a blender

How to Make Watermelon Juice

I’m not a fan of overly sweet fruit juices, so I don’t use any added sugar in this recipe. Instead, I make it with 3 basic ingredients: watermelon, lime juice, and ginger juice. Here’s how the recipe goes:

First, blend the watermelon. You’ll need 8 cups cubed, or about 1 small melon. If you need a refresher on how to cut a watermelon, check out this post!

Watermelon juice in a blender

Add the watermelon to a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth.

Pouring watermelon juice through a strainer

Next, strain the juice. Technically, this step is optional. You could skip it if you don’t mind pulp in your juice. Personally, I like my juice to be nice and smooth, so I always strain mine.

Place a nut milk bag or several layers of cheesecloth over a large bowl, and pour the juice through, squeezing to get out as much liquid as you can.

Transfer the juice to a pitcher, and stir in the lime and ginger juice. Pour into glasses filled with ice cubes, and enjoy!

Hands squeezing juice through a strainer into a large bowl

Watermelon Juice Recipe Variations

In its simplest form, this recipe makes a super refreshing, nourishing juice drink. You could serve it with breakfast or sip it after a workout on a hot day. However, my favorite way to serve it is as a fun, mocktail-style beverage for a gathering or happy hour. Then, I jazz it up by making one of these variations:

  • Bubbly watermelon juice. Mixing the juice with sparkling water makes it even more refreshing and fun! Adjust the ratio of juice to sparkling water to taste, depending on how sweet or fizzy you like your drink.
  • Minty watermelon juice. For a sweeter drink, mix the watermelon juice with mint-infused simple syrup, adjusting the ratios to taste. Again, top off your glass with sparkling water, and enjoy!

Let me know what variations you try!

Watermelon juice recipe

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Watermelon Juice

rate this recipe:
4.98 from 42 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves 6
This easy watermelon juice is the perfect drink for a hot summer day! I love to top off my glass with sparkling water for a fun, fizzy twist.


  • 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice
  • Sparkling water, optional
  • Fresh mint, optional, for garnish


  • Place the watermelon cubes in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Place a nut milk bag or a few layers of cheesecloth over a large bowl and strain the juice.
  • Transfer to a pitcher and stir in the lime juice and ginger juice. Serve with sparkling water and garnish with fresh mint, if desired.


4.98 from 42 votes (38 ratings without comment)

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  1. suzi

    5 stars
    Made this just now but simplified and added the ginger in with the melon to strain together in the bag. No sparkling water so used kombucha instead. I love healthy elixirs like this one!! Thank you 🙂

  2. Duma

    Love all your photos!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Derrol Tucker

    5 stars
    absolutely loved it. but my blender wasn’t strong enough, what is the blender in the photos? Is it a Vitamix?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      yep, it’s a vitamix

    • Chieftess Silver Moon

      4 stars
      You can use any high speed blender

  4. Reichel Wellswim

    5 stars
    I love watermelon so much now i found a new way of using watermelon I’ll for now on and I’ll still eat it…… Thanks for sharing.

  5. Rhonda Farley

    What is ginger juice

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      oops, I meant to link it, this is the type I get, I also find it next to the pickled ginger in the asian aisle at whole foods: https://amzn.to/2SRHvU4

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