Watermelon contains approximately 91% water by weight and is a very good source of Vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of Potassium (source). These vitamins and minerals assist with various ailments including anxiety, stress, and heart and kidney disorders, in addition to helping blood pressure and eye health, boosting immunity, preventing cell damage, helping promote healthy teeth and gums, and aiding metabolism and the nervous system (source).
Also having a higher concentration of lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable, watermelon can help fight heart disease and various types of cancer (source).
Whether you are relaxing at the beach, by the pool, or simply hanging out at home, this healthy and refreshing Mint-Infused Watermelon Fizzer is perfect for a hot summer day.
Mint-Infused Watermelon Fizzer
Yields 6-8 servings
1 cup water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 (1-ounce) package fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
1 small seedless watermelon, approximately 6-7 inches in diameter
1 (1-liter) bottle club soda
Combine water and maple syrup in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once mixture boils, turn off heat and add mint. Place in the refrigerator for 25-30 minutes, or until cool.
Meanwhile, slice watermelon and discard green rind. Cut red flesh of watermelon into pieces and place in a blender. Purée for approximately 60 seconds, yielding approximately 5 cups juice. Using a large mesh strainer, strain mixture over a large bowl, discarding any solid pieces.
Remove mint from cooled maple syrup mixture and discard. Combine maple syrup mixture and watermelon juice.
Fill 6-8 large glasses with ice. Split club soda and watermelon mixture evenly among each. Mix and serve.