Watermelon, coconut water, and basil: This is just the light, refreshing drink you need to mix up things in the hydration department this summer.

Eight glasses of water sounds like a lot — and that’s just the bare minimum required. If you’re outdoors or active during the day, you’re going to need a lot more. Get some flavor and added nutrition with your water in the form of this pretty pink drink.

It’s low in calories but big on flavor and super refreshing. It’s a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up when the weather is warm.

The coconut and watermelon flavor combination is unexpected but goes great! Watermelons are perfectly in season, so your drink will be sweet and delicious without any added sugars. Just stock up on coconut water in bulk when it’s on sale. Plus, pick some fresh herbs from your garden for that special touch.

Cheers to summer!

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Watermelon, coconut water cooler


  • 5 cups watermelon, cubed and chilled
  • ½ cup coconut water, chilled
  • 4-5 large fresh basil leaves


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and mix on high for about 20 to 30 seconds.
  2. Serve immediately.

*If your melon or coconut water hasn’t been completely chilled, add a few ice cubes to blender before pureeing.

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ALSO TRY: Creamy lemon, Greek yogurt protein smoothie.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.