Best summer treat ever.
I love watermelon juice. I really (really) love watermelon and I really (really!) love straws so watermelon juice is pretty much undeniably awesome. I ordered a watermelon slush at a bubble tea place and was disappointed as I watched him blend watermelon chunks and ice. What a ripoff for $3.75, right? But after I stabbed my chubby straw into the top and took a sip I was in heaven. Not enough to ever order it again, but enough to experiment at home. :D
HOW CAN I HAZ?
1. Select the most awesome watermelon that exists within a reasonable driving distance of your person.
Seeded melons seem logistically complex so I recommend the rounder, seedless variety. If you're like me, you'll doll up for Costco and pick the biggest $5 melon they have before baby facing the seafood station guy into letting you use his scale so you can rub your mad melon skillz into your darling's face later. (20.89 lb! Thank you, thank you.) In terms of freshness, I use the pat-and-listen method: incredibly difficult to describe online. I suggest hanging around the watermelon bin until someone looks like they're using it, and then baby facing them into explaining. :D
2. Populate your blender with delicious chunky chunks.
There are at least two camps when it comes to watermelon consumption: choppers and spooners. Choppers either make big wedges that people bite into, or fill bowls with little cubey chunks. Spooners like me just split the whole thing in half and stick a spoon in it, carving watermelon out like ice cream out of a tub. Having guests? Grab a melon baller. (Pro tip: watermelon slushes are a great way to consume that awkward part of the melon where it's getting to be white and non-delicious - you can just scrape it all into the blender and it averages out into a ever-so-slightly less sweet and more adult watermelon slush.)
3. Ice is optional.
Blender is ancient and pansy? No ice. Watermelon warm from the car? Ice. Sensitive teeth? No ice. AC broken? Ice. Up to you. I compromise by using smaller, heart-shaped ice cubes. Truth. I will note that the iceless version tends to separate into purer juice at the bottom and less blended pulp at the top, whereas the ice/slush version stays more uniformly thick. (Bonus: watermelon slushes are also a good way to use up strawberries if you are a fool like me and fell for a "buy two, get four!" deal. It's strawberry season, yo; I put 'em in everything!)
5. Straws are cool.
I am too impatient to wait for deliciousness to travel up a cute crazy straw, but I am super in love with the diner-style dispenser I found:
Happy summering! n_n