Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Cooler

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Cooler

Having an organic farmer that shows up at your door every Wednesday afternoon with the freshest, yummiest and most in-season foods is literally a dream come true for this girl.

It’s like my own personal Food Network show where I am given a box of random ingredients and I have to create something delicious with them. I guess the only difference is, I don’t also have to use random canned weirdness, fish body parts or other strange things no one has ever heard of.

Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Cooler

Basically, it just means I get to play with my food and I get to be creative with different delicious treats, each week. It really is so fun.

Lately, we’ve been getting all kinds of amazing fruit in our boxes and most excitingly we have been getting these big beautiful watermelons that are seriously the tastiest things I have ever had. So sweet, so juicy and just so perfect for these hot sunny days we’ve been having.

I created these non-alcoholic Watermelon Hibiscus Coolers simply because at one point we had more watermelon than we knew what to do with. They are soo refreshing, so perfectly sweet and aromatic and a beautifully impressive, refreshing treat when you have guests. I served these at the little Memorial Day BBQ we hosted here at our place. Some was even served as margaritas (recipe below) with silver tequila and a little extra fresh lime juice.

Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Margarita

With or without spirits, the slight tartness from the lime juice is so perfect with the sweetness of the watermelon and the raw honey and the subtle floral undertones from the hibiscus really compliments it all so beautifully in this gorgeous pink-hued, caffeine-free, summer time drink.

I personally don’t like overly sweet anything, so I went light on the honey with these. Everyone has a different preference on sweetness and watermelons vary greatly on their natural sweetness, so I recommend tasting the drink once mixed and adding additional sweetener, as necessary.

Hibiscus Dyed Tea Towel

BONUS: Save some of the dried hibiscus you used to make the tea (or additional unused hibiscus) – add a bit more hot water, steep it, strain it and use it as you would regular fabric dye. I tie dyed a misprinted tea towel from our collection and turned it into the perfect one-of-a-kind background for these photos.

Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Cooler

Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Margarita

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1 Theresa Scholtz May 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

Yum! That looks delicious, both ways! May I ask, where do you get your hibiscus? You made me think of an iced hibiscus tea they served at a restaurant where I used to live. I’m just imagining it with watermelon and lime and now I REALLY want to try this! :)

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2 Carrie May 30, 2014 at 11:54 am

I love this idea!! And no alcohol is great cuz I’m pregnant.

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3 Matt Robinson May 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm

This is such a great drink, Beth. What an awesome way to make use of watermelon. Perfect for summer.

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4 Annette May 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm

LOVE this recipe! It got my attention because I make a hibiscus lemonade, but oh, a margarita…that’s even better. I can just hear the slurping now.

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5 MOLLIE *THE ALMOND FLOWER* May 31, 2014 at 6:27 am

This is so beautiful and perfect for this weather! I’m in Virginia near DC and it gets so hot and muggy. Drinks like this are perfect (especially when I don’t want just a sugary margarita or gatorade). Yum, thanks!

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6 Sherrie | With Food + Love June 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

Did I tell you how much I LOVE this styling!!

PERFECTION, pinned for inspiration ;)

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7 winnie June 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

So gorgeous, Beth!

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8 Jeanine June 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Beth, these are SO pretty!!! Now that the weather is getting hotter I’ve been craving watermelon like crazy :)

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9 Amber D. McNabb June 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

Holy Moly this looks wonderful! This makes me want to stop at our organic produce store on my way home. I had some hybiscus tea recently and fell in love with the flavor. I cannot wait to try this watermelony goodness. Thanks!

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