This Watermelon Slushy Bar Will Keep You Cool All Summer Long

Drink up and cool down with this frozen treat.

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The Kitchen hosts make a Watermelon Slushy Bar, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

The Kitchen hosts make a Watermelon Slushy Bar, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

Things are heating up this Saturday on The Kitchen with a Red, White and BBQ celebration that’s just in time for Memorial Day. And there’s no better way to keep cool than with a refreshing Watermelon Slushy bar.

Katie Lee creates the frozen treat by scoring half a seedless watermelon, removing the flesh (save the rind!) and placing the chunks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. She then immerses the rind in a large bowl of water and weighs it down with a bag of ice.

Both the watermelon chunks and rind are put in the freezer until they’re frozen solid.

Once frozen, Katie blends the fruit in a food processor with simple syrup and water until it reaches a smooth consistency. The slushy is served in the frozen watermelon rind and scooped into individual cups—with or without a splash of your favorite spirit.

“This way you can have it for the kids and then the adults can add a little somethin’, somethin’,” Katie says. Geoffrey Zakarian creates his own watermelon mint julep with a nice bourbon, while Sunny Anderson grabs the tequila and salt for a watermelon margarita.

Consider this a toast to summer.

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