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Jazz up your summer drink with ice cubes – made of watermelon with this Watermelon Ice.

Watermelon Ice

Today, I bring you what is perhaps the easiest recipe on my site.  And the recipe that is the most perfect for summer.  May I introduce you to:

Watermelon Ice

This is one of those things that I seriously said “duh” out loud to when I saw it.  I was catching up on my dvr’d episodes of the Rachael Ray Show, and saw her make these, and knew immediately that I needed to try this one out.  I am usually really good about drinking water, but something with this pregnancy – it has been a struggle for me.  I’ve tried sweetening it with drink sweeteners (like Crystal Light) but then it is too sweet.  I thought this would be the perfect way to perk up my water without adding lots of calories. And it was! It added just a hint of sweetness, and I got to eat the watermelon when I was done with my water!

Ice Cubes Made from Watermelon

Now, I’ve seen lots of fruit infused ice – with cucumber, fruit, or even herbs.  But it seriously doesn’t get any easier than this.  No ice cube trays to fill up, no pureeing anything.  Just chop and freeze!!

I tried these with both seltzer water and regular water, and I actually preferred the regular water.  (But that’s probably because I normally prefer regular water.)  But I also think they would be great in a lemon-lime soda or even lemonade.  I can see this being the perfect “ice” for summer entertaining!!

And the bonus is that I discovered that frozen watermelon is really delicious.  I couldn’t stop just stealing frozen chunks from the freezer!

Perfect Summer Drink Recipe - Watermelon Ice

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Watermelon Ice
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Jazz up your summer drink with ice cubes - made of watermelon!
  • Watermelon
  • Water, sparkling water, seltzer water, lemon-lime soda or lemonade
  1. Cut watermelon into small cubes. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen, store in a freezer safe ziptop bag.
  2. Fill a glass with the watermelon ice and pour your favorite beverage over.

Other ways to finish off that watermelon:

Watermelon and Blueberry Granita from Taste and Tell
Watermelon Salsa from RecipeGirl
Watermelon Sorbetto from Today’s Nest
Watermelon Lemonade Slushie from Half Baked
Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices from Food For my Family

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25 Responses to Watermelon Ice {Saturdays with Rachael Ray}

  1. What a pretty way to incorporate watermelon into your summer menu. To borrow the words of another Food Network star, “how easy is that?’

    Happy weekend.

  2. Rosa says:

    A great idea!



  3. JulieD says:

    I love this…so genius!!

  4. Chels R. says:

    I love this! So trying it out!

    • Deborah says:

      @Chels R., I don’t know about you, but when I’m prego, my water has to be ice cold. This was a great way to keep it cool, and add a little bit of flavor!

  5. Joanne says:

    This is such a cute idea! I’m really not much of a water person but given that I’m marathon training this summer I really need to be better about it! Perfect solution, right here.

    • Deborah says:

      @Joanne, I would have taken you for a water drinker! 🙂 But since you aren’t this is even more perfect – a great way to jazz up plain water!

  6. What a perfect summer idea!!

  7. I love snacking on frozen fruit and adding it to my beverages! I always use frozen fruit in lieu of ice in my smoothies and when I am serving punch or sangria at parties! Oh and I can attest that frozen fruit in lemon lime soda is so refreshing!

  8. Karly says:

    Oh, wow! That’s such a simple, but genius idea!

  9. This is definitely one of those slap-your-forehead, “why didn’t I think of that?” recipes. Brilliant.

  10. Katie says:

    Total genius! And I just happen to have a watermelon in my fridge that needs using up. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Oh MY GOODNESS GOSH DEBORAH!!! I just bought the most amazingly gorgeous watermelon and was thinking what I could do with much of it, besides just eating is as is. THIS IS EXACTLY what I was looking for.

    Considering we are all sparking water addicts in the Butter Household, I know EXACTLY what I’m doing with my watermelon.

    God bless you lady!!!!

  12. Jess says:

    What a simple, refreshing treat.

  13. Diane Grothe says:

    I love this! My mom froze watermelon like this since before I was born, and that’s been over 41 years ago. It always tastes even better from the freezer than it does fresh, it makes it even sweeter. And added to soda is SO good!

  14. Jenna says:

    This is such an awesome idea! Shared it on my facebook page. 🙂

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