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Trader Joe's Watermelon Juice Cocktail Is Peak Summer

Trader Joe's Watermelon Juice Cocktail Is Peak Summer

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It's the best use of sparkling watermelon juice we've seen.

Summer days are for sipping something refreshing—and what could be more refreshing than watermelon juice? A watermelon juice cocktail! Trader Joe’s, one of our favorite stores for unique snacks at bargain prices, just released a cocktail recipe using their sparkling watermelon juice and we’re definitely going to make a big batch of it this weekend!

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The store calls the sparkling watermelon juice “a summer’s day in a can,” and the “sweet and sparkling beverage of your warm-weather dreams.” We love this recipe because the not-from-concentrate sparkling watermelon juice has tight, crisp bubbles and zero added sugar. It’s absolutely delicious in this cocktail recipe, or as a mocktail (simply omit the vodka). Plus, the drink is a stunning bright pink color that just screams summertime.

  • ½ cup cubed watermelon, plus a few more cubes for garnish
  • Fresh mint
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 1 can TJ’s Sparkling Watermelon Juice
  • 1 lime, sliced

Muddle watermelon and a few mint leaves in a 2-cup measuring glass. Divide mixture among 2 old fashioned glasses. Fill the glasses with ice. Divide vodka among glasses, top up with sparkling watermelon juice, and stir just until combined. Garnish with a watermelon cube, more fresh mint, and a squeeze of lime. Cheers!

Three Summer Cocktails from Trader Joe’s

I’m excited to share three summer cocktails from Trader Joe’s that you MUST try!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I LOVE me some Trader Joe’s! Maybe because the closest one to my house is about 35 minutes away, so it feels like a treat to go! Maybe it’s the samples or the unique food finds. Maybe it’s the cookie butter. I don’t know, but regardless, I love it! I do Trader Joe’s Tuesday and share a recipe using Trader Joe’s ingredients each Tuesday!

Over the last few weeks I’ve shared three cocktail recipes I wanted to share here a we get into the dog days of summer! I live in Texas and the temps hit 100 this week! Bring on the pooli time, sun screen and summer sips!

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Watermelon Jerky

Watermelon may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of jerky,but Trader Joe&rsquos might change that for you this summer. Similar to fruits like pineapple, mango, or papaya, watermelon jerky has entered the dried fruit scene and makes for a delicious fruity snack. This healthier treat has the chewy texture of traditional jerky with a bonus candy-like taste that will satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt. Though you may be skeptical at first to try this new item, the reasonable $3.69 price tag may convince you to throw it in the cart anyway to see for yourself if it&rsquos worth the hype.

Trader Joe's Cold Pressed Watermelon Juice

The pros: Trader Joe's Cold Pressed Watermelon Juice has a fresh watermelon taste straight from the bottle which is 100% juice and fortunately none of the lemon comes through an acidic type of way.

The cons: This product settles very easily and will need to be shaken often.

The verdict:

Trader Joe's enjoys certain flavors more than others: coffee, mango and pumpkin all seem to immediately come to mind. However, when I think of summer I think of watermelon. There really isn't a more summery fruit that I can remember. I can barely think of any BBQs without there being watermelon being served.

When it comes to the watermelon available on the shelves your options are a bit more limited: fresh watermelon, Watermelon Cucumber Cooler, one flavor of their Salt Water Taffy variety pack, and this refrigerated product. Now, I can see with the watermelon cucumber cooler that it was not going to be a universally loved flavor because of its mix with another watery vegetable. If you disliked the cooler because of the cucumber flavor, then this cold pressed beverage is a safe choice.

Despite needing constant shaking to keep it in a beautiful pink hue, this genuinely tastes like summer. The lemon keeps this flavor very fresh tasting and no you won't really taste it. The watermelon tastes fresh without the hassle of the seeds. It's pretty well strained but more enjoyable when mixed thoroughly.

Overall, for $3.69, if you are going to make this a regular habit, perhaps it would be worth the time to learn a little bit from this Alton Brown video on how to juice a watermelon properly (1 Minute video) because this little bottle does cost as much as a drink from Starbucks. A whole watermelon in season can be had for less than the cost of this drink. However, if you are never going to make the effort, then consider this a convenience drink at a premium price. If watermelon is your flavor, then there is no better choice than this drink.

Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:

The bottle of Trader Joe's Cold Pressed Watermelon Juice:

Since this product does settle very easily, here is what it looks like most of the time on the shelf:

The nutritional information and the ingredients:

A quick illustration on how much goes into this little bottle:

How to Trader Joe's describes this:

Would I buy this again? As a summer flavor, I thought Trader Joe's Cold Pressed Watermelon Juice was good, but know drinks like this get expensive. If I want watermelon juice, I'll follow Alton Brown's lead.

Want to see more items I've reviewed from Trader Joe's? Click on Thoughts & Reviews of Trader Joe’s for a searchable list.

For these two stemless wine glasses I used 2 1/2 cups of ice to every one cup of the juice. To make these two I used roughy 5 cups of ice and 2 cups of juice. I blended them to the desired slushiness in a blender and garnished them with fresh watermelon. I would recommend adding 2-3 shots of vodka if you want to make these alcoholic!

As a cocktail, these would be great with just the vodka and watermelon cucumber cooler over ice as well!

My boys loved these (sans vodka, of course!) and I think they will be a hit on hot summer days by the pool!

We&rsquore Obsessed With These 8 Summer Drinks From Trader Joe&rsquos

Not only are these drinks delicious and refreshing, they are actually healthy, too!

This story originally appeared on by Lauren Wicks.

July has only just begun, but the weather is already sweltering. It&aposs important to stay hydrated in the middle of summer heatwave, but let&aposs face it-water can get kind of boring! While infused water is a good way to switch up the flavor profile without adding any extra calories or sugar, we were looking for other hydration options.

We decided to swing by Trader Joe&aposs to check out their selection of summer beverages (read: found an excuse to peruse the air-conditioned aisles of one of our favorite grocers), and we found some pretty delicious and refreshing drinks to keep us hydrated. Many of these drinks would also be amazing in a healthy summer cocktail (or mocktail).

We had eight pretty unanimous favorites out of the 15 drinks we tried, and we think you&aposll love them, too. Hereਊre our picks.

Cold-Pressed Watermelon Juice

TJ&aposs cold-pressed watermelon juice is super refreshing and has the perfect amount of sweetness. This juice is made simply with watermelon and lemon juice, and it tastes like you stuck a straw in the fruit itself.

This watermelon juice is a great source of potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, making it a sweet treat you can feel great about drinking on a hot summer&aposs day. One of our staff also loves using it in festive cocktails!

Organic Lemongrass Spearmint Herbal Flavored Water

This herbal water tastes like it would be served at a spa, and makes for a fun way to hydrate sans sugar. We didn&apost expect to enjoy it so much, and although it does taste slightly like our favorite minty gum, it&aposs a nice change of pace from plain old tap water. Toss in some sliced cucumbers and you might as well be on your way to getting a massage!

Organic Cold-Pressed Fruit Stand Juice Beverage

Good work, Trader Joe&aposs! We&aposre big fans of all the flavors happening in this tasty bottle. This juice is unlike anything we&aposve tried, since it&aposs made with pineapple, cucumber, coconut water, jicama, lime, pink salt, and cayenne pepper. We know it sounds odd, but you&aposll just have to trust us on this one.

This juice is pretty low in sugar compared to other brands. It has just 15g in the whole bottle, and none of it&aposs added. TJ&aposs Fruit Stand juice would be the perfect post-workout beverage, as it is loaded with potassium and a little sodium to get the electrolyte boost we need after a sweat session.

Blueberry & Pomegranate Green Tea

This drink was a true underdog that quickly became a fan favorite in the office. While some wish it was slightly sweetened, this tea has a complex balance of sweet-tart flavor alongside earthy green tea, and kept us wanting more!

Our staff thought TJ&aposs Blueberry & Pomegranate Green Tea would make a killer cocktail alongside some simple syrup and your favorite spirit. Plus, one cup packs in half of your daily Vitamin C needs!

Trader Joe's Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

The pros: Trader Joe's Watermelon Cucumber Cooler is a love it or hate it flavor. It is light and refreshing, but not everyone will appreciate the cucumber flavor here. This drink does have a cult like following.

The cons: This may be a love it or hate it flavor. Regardless of your feelings towards this product, it is also seasonal, so if you love it, you better stock up on it. Availability of this product starts to dwindle before summer is over.

The verdict: Trader Joe's Watermelon Cucumber Cooler is back again. This is a product that is seasonal and shows up right in time for summer. Rightfully so. This is clearly meant to be refreshing. But it also has potential beyond just drinking it plain. Like Trader Joe's Jalapeno Limeade, it would make for a nice adult beverage.

Color-wise, this is a beautifully colored juice blend. It screams summer. Upon opening this bottle the smell of watermelon was clear. Poured into a juice glass and the aroma and taste of cucumber became very clear. I thought the cucumber would hardly be present, but it was very much there.

Sugar is added so you aren't missing out on any sweetness here. This is sweeter than Trader Joe's Agua Fresca, but not as sweet as most of their 100% juices. While there is sugar in this drink and less than 20% is actually juice, this isn't too sweet although the calorie count might have you thinking otherwise.

For $3.49 you are getting 64 ounces of tasty juice that has potential as being a cocktail mixer as well. I bought it last summer and I hope they have this again next summer as well. As for right now, I might enjoy another bottle or two before the season is over. They do have a long shelf life, so if you enjoy it, you'll want to pick it up before the season is over. But if you love it and realize the season is over you can also find this on Amazon through third-party sellers.

The bottle of Trader Joe's Watermelon Cucumber Cooler:

The nutritional information and the ingredients:

How Trader Joe's describes this product:

Out of the package you get:

Would I buy this again? Yes, while good on it's own, it would also make a good cocktail mixer.

Want to see more items I've reviewed from Trader Joe's? Click on Thoughts & Reviews of Trader Joe’s for a searchable list.

Trader Joe&rsquos Mint Watermelon Tea Is What Your Summer Sipping Is Missing

I popped the pink-and-green tin into my basket on a whim. I&aposm a tea person, so it wasn&apost unusual. Also, despite the rising summer temps, I&aposm not averse to a hot cup of tea on a hot day. I forgot about the tin, and it was gradually buried beneath various TJ&aposs sundries𠅊 bag of kale, frozen mango, plantain chips (always plantain chips), etc. Later, when putting away the Sunday shop, I unearthed the Trader Joe&aposs Mint Watermelon Flavored Black Tea. While I assumed it would be an occasional sip in the comfort of an air-conditioned living room or office, I soon learned that this tea has a direct line to summertime. A few cups later, and I&aposm officially crowning it the sip of the season.

You can enjoy it hot or iced (both are nice), and sweetened or unsweetened. It comes in a tin of 20 deeply fragrant tea sachets that are filled with, as TJ&aposs says, "Black tea from Indonesia, spearmint from the Pacific Northwest, natural flavors, and dried watermelon, a supreme combination of flavors perfect for an early-morning mug or a refreshing afternoon iced tea." If you don&apost have a kettle available, just pop the top and take a whiff. You&aposll find yourself beneath blue skies, surrounded by a tangle of watermelon vines.

The tin admits that tea can be a hard sell in July: "If tea isn&apost your first beverage choice during warmer months, let us convince you otherwise." The headline may have tipped you off, but it&aposs worth saying again: I&aposm convinced. The flavor combo of this summery tea couldn&apost be more refreshing. The herbal brightness of mint combined with the crisp fruitiness of watermelon feels like a grown-up version of a juice box. Plus, at $4.99, it&aposs one of the simplest ways to cheer up a summer day.

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What&aposs your go-to summertime beverage? Have you tried Trader Joe&aposs Mint Watermelon Flavored Black Tea yet this season?

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