Watermelon Coolers

A simple syrup added to watermelon puree and fresh lime juice makes this refreshing summer drink.

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Watermelon Coolers
Makes: 8  servings Prep 25 mins Start to Finish 1 hr 30 mins


  • 1 cup  sugar
  • 4 star anise
  • 6 pounds  seedless red watermelon, flesh cut into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups)
  • 1/4 cup  fresh lime juice


1. Combine sugar, star anise, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Chill syrup, uncovered, until cold, about 1 hour.

2. Puree watermelon in batches in a blender until smooth, transferring to a pitcher. Whisk in juice and 1 cup syrup (or to taste). Pour over ice in glasses. Makes 8 servings.

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