Refreshing Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice is a refreshing drink that tastes like the best of summer. A delicious mix of cucumbers, watermelon, fennel and mint! Seal up in a mason jar and bring with you to a summer picnic!

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Years ago, when I dabbled in bikram yoga (never again, I prefer to avoid exercise that makes me feel as if I am suffocating, but that’s besides the point) I had a drink so delicious and memorable it stuck in my mind for the next 7 years. After bikram, the most intoxicating feeling was finally exiting the humid, sweaty room and walking right into the cool entry way. Now in this entry room, they sold all the goodies, long before ‘superfoods’ hit it big. There were nut and date bars, coconut water (again, before it became fashionable) fresh granola and…watermelon juice. Fresh watermelon juice to be exact. So fresh that the woman said she made each batch at 5:00am every morning – a sort of ritual per se. She insisted on including the rind so that you get the crisp, refreshing flavor and nutrients of the juice. After the nauseating 90 minutes of heat and contorting my body in postures it should never be in, watermelon juice sounded like liquid heaven. And it was. So much so that now, nearly 7 years later, I still crave that specific watermelon juice in that tiny hole-in-the-wall bikram studio in San Francisco. So to pay homage to my first experience with watermelon juice, I’ve updated this juice to add a touch more sweetness and freshness. The delicious watermelon and fennel juice is sweet while the mint is cooling. A striking balance between sweet and refreshing.

Juice and seal it up in a mason jar and bring with you to a summer picnic or bikram yoga class. Or if you’re like me, just take it with you to a more temperate yoga class. 

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Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients for the Watermelon Juice:

- 1/2 of a small watermelon

- 1 small cucumber

- 1 small handful of mint leaves

- 1/4 fennel head


Simply place all the ingredients into a juicer, including the watermelon rind, add ice and enjoy!

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I hope you guys love this recipe and find yourself taking it with you to summer picnics and parties! 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe, be sure to tag me so I can see how you make yours! #8thandlake.

xx Marie

P.S. The travel photos are from a trip to Copenhagen - I seriously recommend visiting this city and its farmers market :)