watermelon cucumber lime juice (paleo, vegan, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, healthy)

I’m sure you have all read a load of obligatory summer watermelon posts in the last few months, but this cool, refreshing medley of sweet, juicy watermelon, fresh, slightly tart cucumber and zingy lime really is something else.

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People often ask me what the best things about being an expat are. Often, I (half) joke ‘the food’. Today, on the day of the new student orientation activities, I realised that there is so much more. Being reunited with unexpected friends from a previous school, buried deep in the memories of sand boxes and the ABC, the familiar pause after the vital ‘so, where are you from?’, and the first conversations with someone who could mean the world to you in just a few short months. Life is bustling, and even though we are all from completely different corners of the globe, we are the same.

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Because we all love watermelon juice, obviously! Sweet, refreshing watermelon whose ruby-red juices drip down your chin as you frantically stuff it in to your mouth swirled with cool, pastel green cucumber juice and an adventurous, impulsive twist of daring, electric lime juice. Quirky yet familiar, sweet yet zingy, and no harder to throw together than a glass of sickly sweet, preservative-loaded, artificially coloured soda, it’s become my go-to recipe for a bright, refreshing drink. Simply blend, strain, and enjoy!

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Enjoying it in a fancy glass with a shmancy lime wedge whilst imagining Caribbean beaches doesn’t hurt either…

watermelon cucumber lime juice

by Alessandra Peters

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 4 cups diced watermelon
  • 1 cup diced cucumber, peeled
  • juice of 1 lime
  • lime wedges, to serve


1. Blend together all ingredients except lime wedges in a blender.

2. Sieve the mixture to get rid of any fruit pulp (I like to use the pulp in smoothies) so that you are left with just the juices.

3. Serve in a fancy glass with a lime wedge and enjoy!

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mint lemonade (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo, egg-free, grain-free)

Mint and lemon is one of the most wonderful food combinations that ever occurred – in my opinion, at least. The sweet, fresh taste of homemade lemonade filled with a myriad of little sacs of juicy beads mixed with the crisp, slightly sharp bite of mint is just the ideal summery beverage.

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Fresh peppermint must be the easiest plant you could ever grow. I haven’t killed it (yet), and that says a lot! It makes the house smell wonderfully fresh and it’ll enable you to make an unlimited amount of homemade mint lemonade. Heaven? Why, definitely.

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Memories of hours spent in the scorching sun from my third-culture-kid childhood fled into my brain as I took a sip. I remember the Syrian fruit monger who slipped me the juiciest fresh peaches every time I visited, resulting in gloriously sticky hands and fragrant rivers of juice running down my chin. The quaint Qatari cafe in which I would always, always order the mint lemonade, and received it with a smile which became a language in a matter of seconds; he didn’t speak English and I not enough Arabic to converse, but a smile said it all.

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Bursts of acidic lemon juice interspersed within the otherwise sweet, refreshing nectar. Can you tell I love it?

Mint Lemonade

by Alessandra Peters

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (1.2 litres)

  • 150 grams granulated sugar
  • juice of 5 lemons
  • 250ml water
  • 30 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 litre cold water
  • ice, to serve


1. Place the sugar and 250ml water into a small saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved into the water, about 10 minutes.

2. Add in the fresh lemon juice, then dilute with the additional 1 litre of cold water.

3. Refrigerate for at least two hours or until completely cool.

4. Place your mint leaves and homemade lemonade in a blender, then blend for 20 seconds.

5. Strain the mint lemonade using a very fine sieve to get rid of any bits of mint leaf.

6. Pour the mint lemonade in to tall glasses and top up with ice.

7. Enjoy!

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