Spicy Watermelon Juice Recipe with Coconut Water and Jalapeno

Spicy Watermelon Juice Recipe with Coconut Water and Jalapeno

It's watermelon season once again. You're likely finding them at the farmers market or maybe you're lucky enough to grow them yourself. Either way, watermelons spell summer and this spicy watermelon juice recipe is no exception. It's sweet, spicy, cooling, and hot all at the same time. Get your day started right or mix in a shot of vodka for a happy hour twist.

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Spicy Watermelon Juice Recipe

Serves 4

1 seedless small watermelon peeled, chopped

2 cup coconut water

1 half jalapeno, seeded, ribs removed

Directions:

1. Slice a base on the top and bottom of the watermelon to stabilize it. Once the watermelon is stabilized, use a large, sharp knife to remove the skin by running your knife down the side of watermelon.

2. Slice the watermelon down the middle and then chop into 3-inch cubes. Fill a blender with chopped watermelon and add in enough coconut water to reach half way up the pitcher. Add in a teaspoon of jalapeno. Blend until it's a juice. Add more coconut water to ensure that it actually combines into a juice.

3. Strain through a nut bag by placing the bag in a bowl and then pouring the contents through. Nut bags are used to make homemade almond and soy milk but they also allow you to make your own juices without a juicer. You can purchase them online for about $10 or at your local health foods store.

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4. Serve immediately garnished with refreshing mint. If you want the juice to be thicker (more like a smoothie) don't strain it through the nut bag. If you want it to be frosty, peel and chop the watermelon and freeze. Blend with frozen watermelon pieces. To make a cocktail, add 5 ounces of watermelon juice and 1 ounce of vodka to a shaker. Shake vigorously and serve in a martini glass garnished with a rim of salt or sugar.

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Sara Novak specializes in health and food policy writing for Discovery Health. Her work has also been featured on TreeHugger, HowStuffWorks.com, TLC Cooking, and Animal Planet. After graduating from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sara headed up the communication efforts for a national scholarship program in Washington, D.C. Sara has also handled copy writing and public relations for a global environmental consulting firm. She loves fiddling with healthful recipes, traveling, and exploring life atop her yoga mat. Today, Sara lives in Charleston with her husband and two lovable cocker spaniels, Madison and Bella.