Sipping refreshing watermelon juice with lips glazed in glossy red lipstick to match your drink is what summer is all about. My version of watermelon juice has chaat masala which adds tang and spice to counterbalance the sweetness of the watermelon.
- 1.5 lbs watermelon, rind removed
- 2 limes
- 1.5 teaspoons chaat masala
- 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 5-6 sprigs of mint plus more for garnish, stems removed
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon chaat masala
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Add watermelon pieces to the blender. Make sure that the blender is only 3/4 of the way full with watermelon, if it is too full then make the watermelon juice in batches.
- Squeeze in the juice of limes into the blender. Two limes should be approximately 1/4 cup of juice.
- Add chaat masala, kosher salt, and mint leaves into the blender and blend juice until it is a homogenized mixture.
- Place a mesh strainer over a wide mouth jug or bowl and work in batches to pour the watermelon juice over the strainer to filter out excess pulp and seeds from the mixture. Use a rubber spoon to push on the pulp in the strainer to extract the most watermelon juice from the pulp.
- Chill the watermelon juice in the fridge until ready to serve.
- To make the rim: Take about 2 tablespoons of watermelon juice and pour it into a shallow bowl wide enough to fit the width of your drinking glass. Mix paprika, sugar, chaat masala, and kosher salt in a small plate. Dip the glass in the juice and then dip and rotate it in the spice blend.
- Assemble drink: Once the glasses have been rimmed, pour the chilled juice into the glass and optionally garnish with mint leaves.
- To make this a cocktail: You can optionally mix a shot (1.5 ounces) of white liquor like vodka, mezcal, or gin; 3 ounces of watermelon juice; and 1.5 ounces of hard seltzer.
- Garnishing options: You can garnish this juice with mint leaves, marigold flowers, watermelon slices, or jalapeños.
- Prep Time: 10