August 28th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

The second best thing I like doing with watermelon — other than eating it — is drinking it. What I love most about watermelon beverages is that you don’t waste much of the melon to make it. You can also use a less-than-perfect or overripe watermelon without sacrificing the flavor.

Watermelon goes a long way, too. One average-sized watermelon can serve up to three dozen people. Or, if you’re like me, it serves one person!



8 cups watermelon puree (medium seedless watermelon)

8 cups unsweetened green tea, chilled

4 cups purple grape juice

1 cup cherry juice (optional)

2 liters of ginger ale

2 bottles of Chardonnay (optional)


Blend ingredients in a large beverage container and chill. Serve over ice.


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August 1st, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

picIt’s a not-so-well-known fact that early explorers used hollowed-out watermelons as canteens to hold water while they were off doing explorer stuff. Considering that watermelons are 92 percent water, using an empty watermelon to store some tasty beverages seems like a perfectly reasonable idea.

These days, you can transform your own watermelon into a beverage dispenser with the help of this month’s prize – the watermelon keg kit ($22.99 on Amazon). The kit includes a faucet with a handle, a shank (I’m not 100 percent sure what that is, but it sounds important), a coring tool and installation instructions. Bonus: The kit can also be used with pumpkins for fall celebrations.

According to the product’s description, all you need to do is “follow the fool-proof instructions and in no time flat you’ll have a watermelon cocktail keg that will be the envy of all your guests. It’s fun. It’s unique. It’s a surefire hit at any fun time event!”

What beverage you fill your watermelon keg with is up to you. Maybe you’ll be tempted to fill it with beer (I know I would), but you might also choose to make a watermelon-based drink from any of the recipes found on the National Watermelon Promotion Board website. After my wife steered me away from filling it with beer, I’d probably opt for a simple yet refreshing drink like watermelon agua fresca.

Leave a comment below with what YOU’D fill your watermelon keg with if you won this prize. I’ll choose one comment at random from all the comments left on the blog this month as the winner. Cheers!

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July 28th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

picI’m a juice fan. Apple juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, you name it. As a watermelon lover, however, I’m a little frustrated by the lack of watermelon juices on the market. Oh sure, you’ll find watermelon-flavored beverages out there, but many of them only taste like watermelon, and are loaded with all sorts of other things.

So when I heard about a new product called Tsamma watermelon juice, I got excited. And when I read more about the product, I got even more excited.

Tsamma watermelon juice is 100 percent juice and has no added sugar. It’s made with 95 percent watermelon juice, and uses over a pound of fresh watermelon to make each 8-ounce serving!

The juice is made by Frey Farms, which is one of the largest watermelon shippers in the United States. I recently chatted with Sarah Frey-Talley (who founded Frey Farms in 1994 at the age of 17!), and asked her a few questions about the new juice and what it’s like to work side-by-side with her family.

Sarah, thanks for taking some time out of your busy schedule to talk with me! Since this is an interview about watermelon, I have to ask: Are you a chunks or wedges kind of person?

That’s not really a fair question! I have millions of watermelons available to me throughout the year so I’m a bust-it-open-and-eat-the-heart-in-the-field kind of girl. However, when I slice them up at home I like the presentation of the wedge better.

You founded Frey Farms in 1994 when you were just 17! What motivated you to do something so ambitious at such a young age?

When I was a child, I would accompany my mother on a small melon delivery route. My job was to walk into the store make the sale, unload the melons and collect the cash.  I loved it so much that I decided to make a career out of it. I’m still doing what I enjoyed most as a child. That’s my definition of success.

Frey Farms is actually a family business. You work alongside your brothers, and together you make it all happen. Is working with family challenging at all, or does it make it more rewarding?

Both! We all do what suits our strengths best. Working with family is definitely one way to stay in touch. :)

There are so many different juices in stores – apple juice, orange juice, grape juice – what’s the inspiration behind a watermelon juice?

Watermelon juice is the most refreshing and hydrating juice on the market!  The inspiration for Tsamma can be directly attributed to the ingredients panels on most juices and sports drinks. Ugh! I’m just a melon farmer but even most doctors can’t pronounce half of the ingredients used in most sport drinks.

The purpose of Tsamma juice is to hydrate, replenish and recover. The bonus is that it tastes amazing! It delivers key vitamins and minerals to the body, but it’s very light and refreshing. Most premium juices are very thick and you tend to want to sip them, but not Tsamma. You actually drink this juice!

In case anyone is wondering, the name of the juice is pronounced “sah-mah,” but how did the juice get its name?

We named our drink Tsamma to pay homage to the ancient ancestor of all modern watermelon varieties. The Tsamma melon grows wild in the Kalahari Desert and is still used as a source of hydration.

I’m sure our readers would love to buy some Tsamma watermelon juice. Where can they find it?

It’s available coast-to-coast in many retailers, including Whole Foods in the Midwest, Hannaford Bros in the northeast, The Fresh Market nationally and Dollar General Market stores.

You can find it in Michigan retailers such as Family Fare, D&W Fresh Market, Neiman’s Family Market, Foster’s Market, Harding’s Market, Glen’s, Shop-N-Save Food Centers, University Foods, VG’s Food Center, and Hollywood Super Market. Tsamma is also coming soon to select Walmart stores in Florida and the Midwest!

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July 24th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy


Last week, I wrote about July 24 and how the National Climactic Data Center has declared it the hottest day of the year. Will there be hotter days in August in your area? Maybe, but the temperature nationwide (on average) is higher today than any other day of the year.

With that heat wave in mind, the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) has declared today “National Drink Watermelon Day.”

The NWPB is working with several bloggers to help spread the word and some recipes for how you can drink your watermelon. Here are just a few of the highlights:

picHealthy Slow Cooking – Watermelon Lemon-Balm Mint Cooler

Run Eat Repeat – Watermelon Sangria

The Fit Fork – Watermelon Ginger Limeade (right)

Family Spice – How to Make Watermelon Juice

Chocolate Moosey – Watermelon Yogurt Pops (below)

Mother Would Know – Watermelon Agua Fresca

Wholesome Mommy – Refreshing Watermelon and Green Tea Ice Pops

Elizabeth Somer blog – Watermelon Zapper

If you’re thirsty (today or any other warm day this summer), feel free to check out any of the blogger recipes. You can also stay hydrated with some of the drink recipes on the National Watermelon Promotion Board website. Cheers!



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July 21st, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy


According to the National Climatic Data Center, July 24 is considered to be the hottest day of the year. And, like any day when the temperature is high, you’ll want to make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids.

With that good advice in mind, the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) has officially proclaimed July 24 as “National Drink Watermelon Day.”

How do you “drink watermelon,” you ask? You can create beverages that use watermelon (check out the recipes on the NWPB website), or you can simply eat watermelon. At 92 percent water, watermelon boasts a refreshingly high water content, making it almost like a beverage you can eat! It’s also rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making it a natural power drink.

National Drink Watermelon Day couldn’t come at a better time, either. Besides being the hottest day of the year, historically, you might remember the research conducted by the NWPB that revealed some important findings about Americans and hydration. Among the findings: Two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) agree that, of all produce, watermelon is the one they would choose to eat to help them hydrate.

So, go ahead and grab some watermelon and mark your calendars for July 24! Also, check out this video of nutritionist, dietician and watermelon-lover Elizabeth Somer talking about National Drink Watermelon Day! And stay tuned for another blog entry on July 24 that offers a look at some watermelon recipes from a variety of bloggers.

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June 26th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

picNothing says summer like outdoor parties. That includes good food, good music, good friends and, of course, good drinks.

I like all four (usually with an emphasis on good food), but, during a cookout last week, I decided to pay a little extra attention to the good drinks. So, I grabbed some of the Bolthouse Farms Watermelon Mint Lemonade that I mentioned in an entry earlier this month, did a quick recipe research online and whipped up the cocktail recipe you see below.

How was it? Let’s just say, the “good drinks” were the highlight of that gathering.

Leave a comment with your thoughts on the “good foods, good music, good friends and good drinks” summer party checklist. Which do you value most? A reminder: One comment from all the comments left on the blog this month will win two bottles of Bolthouse Farms Watermelon Mint Lemonade!

Watermelon Mint Lemonade Cocktail



2 cups Bolthouse Farms Watermelon Mint Lemonade

2 cups Vodka or rum (or water for a non-alcoholic version)

2 tablespoons Sugar

¼ Fresh lime juice

¼ cup Fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

5 or 6 Fresh lemon slices (optional)


Combine all of the above ingredients in a large pitcher. Chill and serve!

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June 11th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

picWatermelon is undoubtedly the fruit of choice when temperatures start to climb. (Or all year round, if you’re like me.) But why limit watermelon to just its original form? There are plenty of ways to infuse the sweet flavor of watermelon into other summertime treats as well.

Like I mentioned last week, Bolthouse Farms has created a new Watermelon Mint Lemonade, and it makes a great addition to your favorite smoothie recipe. Don’t have a favorite smoothie recipe? No worries—I’ve got you covered. Try the recipe below for Simple Watermelon Peach Smoothies, and you’ll find yourself whipping them up all summer long.

As an added bonus, you can post your thoughts on the recipe in the comments section for a chance to win this month’s prize—two bottles of Bolthouse Farms Watermelon Mint Lemonade. I’ll randomly select one person from all the comments posted throughout the month!

Simple Watermelon Peach Smoothie


3 cups Bolthouse Farms Watermelon Mint Lemonade

2 Peaches (peeled)

2 Apricots

½ cup of Water

¼ cup of Orange juice


Pour Watermelon Mint Lemonade into a large container. Peel and remove the pit from the peaches. Removed the pit from the apricots. Blend peaches, apricots, water and orange juice in a blender until smooth. Add mixture to Watermelon Mint Lemonade. Chill and serve!

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June 3rd, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

picI really didn’t plan to offer so many drink-themed prizes this year; it just sort of worked out that way. So far this year, we’ve given away watermelon-flavored water, watermelon drops to add to your own water, and last month’s prize, which highlighted Chili’s new, watermelon-flavored drink menu.

This month’s prize continues the hydration theme and, in my opinion, is probably the tastiest prize of 2014. It’s Bolthouse Farms’ Watermelon Mint Lemonade. The Watermelon Mint Lemonade is a brand-new, summer-only item that’s available through August wherever Bolthouse Farms drinks are sold.

According to the folks at Bolthouse Farms, the new drink “sports a trifecta of flavorful goodness: peak-season watermelon, lemons for classic refreshment and fresh mint to surprise unsuspecting tastebuds.”

A few months ago, before the Watermelon Mint Lemonade was even in stores, the Bolthouse Farms team was kind enough to send me a few samples of the new beverage. As a watermelon fan AND a lemonade fan, I was pretty excited to give it a try.

So how’s it taste? Pretty much like summer in a bottle. But, then again, that’s what you’d expect from something that combines two great summer flavors like lemonade and watermelon.

Seriously, you’ll have to resist the temptation to pop off the lid and chug this stuff straight from the family-sized, 52-ounce bottle. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. If that’s what you want to do, then go right ahead. My wife tends to frown on that sort of behavior, so I’m forced to do my chugging from the glass. It’s still refreshing, but not nearly as fun.

Leave a comment with your thoughts on this combination of lemonade and watermelon. I’ll choose one comment at random from ALL the comments left on the blog this month to win two containers of Bolthouse Farms’ new Watermelon Mint Lemonade. Also, be on the lookout this month for, not one, but two recipes using the new drink!

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May 12th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy


Earlier this month, I wrote about Chili’s new watermelon drink specials and this month’s blog prize, a $50 Chili’s gift card (leave a comment on any May blog entry to be entered to win it!).

As The Watermelon Guy, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try these drinks before they disappear from the menu, so I loaded up The Watermelon Daughter and The Watermelon Wife in the car and headed to Chili’s for dinner and drinks. (NOTE: I’m not really sure if my wife likes being referred to as “The Watermelon Wife,” so let’s keep that nickname between us.)

Once we were seated, it was time to order. We ordered all three drinks to go with our meals – Cajun Pasta for me and Steak Fajitas for The Watermelon Wife. Our daughter opted for chicken fingers with a side of grapes and a tall glass of two percent milk. And, because I can’t pass up a good appetizer, we got things started with an order of the Southwestern Eggrolls.

The drinks arrived in the blink of an eye and looked a heckuva lot better than my usual diet soda order. Here’s what we thought of each:


WATERMELON MARGARITA (tequila, fresh watermelon puree and house-made sour) – My wife is a huge margarita fan, so she naturally liked this one. I expected it to have a stronger watermelon taste, but it was very subtle. I think that’s a good thing, though.


WATERMELON COOLER (vodka, lemonade and fresh watermelon puree) – This one arrived next, and it packed a little more watermelon flavor, which I liked. True to its name, it was very cool and refreshing.


WATERMELON LEMONADE – This non-alcoholic drink – a combination of lemonade and watermelon juice – was the perfect way to end our meal. Not too sweet and just the right amount of tartness!

All in all, my favorite was the Watermelon Cooler, while my wife preferred the Watermelon Margarita. All three were fantastic, though, and I’ll definitely be headed back to Chili’s before the watermelon drink specials end. I recommend you do the same. While you’re there, don’t forget to try the Southwestern Eggrolls!

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May 6th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy


You know it’s officially “watermelon season” when restaurants start rolling out watermelon-themed food and drink specials. You can find watermelon on many menus (some all year long, if you’re lucky), but Chili’s is taking the season to new, tastier level with its line of watermelon-themed drinks.

Throughout the spring and into the summer, the restaurant is offering not one, not two, but three beverages featuring the season’s greatest fruit. The drinks include the following:

Watermelon Margarita – Tequila, fresh watermelon puree and house-made sour.

Watermelon Cooler – Vodka, lemonade and fresh watermelon puree.

Watermelon Lemonade – A refreshing combination of two great flavors (non-alcoholic)

I’ll pay a visit to my local Chili’s next week to sample all three specials (all in the name of research, of course), and I’ll provide a review and photos in a blog entry later this month. In the meantime, I’m happy to announce that you, too, can try the drinks thanks to this month’s What About Watermelon prize – a $50 Chili’s gift card.

The gift card is more than enough to cover all three drinks, so feel free to also grab some dinner while you’re there. What you choose to pair with your Watermelon Margarita or Watermelon Cooler is up to you. Personally, I’ll probably opt for the Mushroom Swiss Burger or the Santa Fe Chicken Quesadillas.

I’ll give away the Chili’s gift card to one commenter chosen at random from all the comments left on the blog this month. To get the conversation started, leave a comment below with which of the three Chili’s watermelon drinks you’d like to try most!

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