Watermelon-Mint Pop with a Kick

Fruity, minty, zesty—this summer drink will keep you cool while it knocks your socks off.

July 23, 2012


  • 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons minced ginger, divided
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • Dried chilli flakes
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • Seltzer or soda water

1. Place mint, 2 tablespoons minced ginger, agave, chili flakes, salt, and filtered water in a medium-size saucepan.


2. Cover and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat (the mint should still be vibrant green; remove from the heat before the color dulls) and let it sit for 10 minutes.

4. Pour through a strainer and discard solids.

5. Meanwhile, put remaining ginger and watermelon in a blender and puree until well blended.

6. Pour the mixture through a strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth and let stand for 15 minutes until all the liquid has dripped through. Do not press the puree; doing so will make the juice cloudy.

7. Mix the mint syrup and watermelon-ginger juice in a sealed glass jar and chill in the fridge. Syrup will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

8. To serve, pour 1/2 cup syrup into a tall glass, top with 6 to 8 ounces chilled seltzer or soda water, and stir.

Nutritional Facts per serving
Calories     63 cal
Fat     0.2 g
Saturated fat     0 g
Cholesterol     0 mg
Sodium     34.6 mg
Carbohydrates     16.2 g
Total sugars     14.3 g
Dietary fiber     0.5 g
Protein     0.7 g

Recipe courtesy of the Rodale Healthy Recipe Finder.

Photo: (cc) PV KS/flickr