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Watermelon Cucumber Slushy

Watermelon Cucumber Slushie on a pink plate and pink background
Photograph by Shawn Michael Jones, Prop Styling by Gerri Williams, Food Styling by Micah Morton
  • Total Time

    5 minutes

June 19, 1865, or Juneteenth, is the day more than 200,000 enslaved Texans received the word that rippled from Galveston, Texas, to the entire Lone Star State that they were free—more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1866, on the one-year anniversary of the announcement, Texas newspapers reported on celebratory whole-hog barbecues that Black Americans held. The journalists wrote with vivid details about seeded watermelon flanking the billowy smoke. This slushy is a celebration of bright red watermelon as a symbol of tradition. Summer doesn’t begin until a watermelon is cracked open. Here, it’s paired with equally refreshing and summer-abundant cucumber, a light tang of Champagne vinegar, and a lick of salt. This is a bright and balanced thirst quencher you’ll enjoy on Juneteenth and all of the hot days thereafter. For the smoothest slushy, please pound your ice to a crushed state before adding it to a high-powered blender; the end result should be spoonable, like soft ice cream.

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What you’ll need


6 servings


lb. seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into large cubes

oz. cucumber, peeled


cup honey


Tbsp. Champagne vinegar


tsp. Diamond Crystal or Morton kosher salt

Cucumber spears (for serving)


  1. Step 1

    Purée 1 lb. seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into large cubes, 2½ oz. cucumber, peeled, ¼ cup honey, 1 Tbsp Champagne vinegar, and ¼ tsp. Diamond Crystal or Morton kosher salt in a blender until smooth. Add 4 cups crushed ice and blend on high just until slushy (be sure you’ve crushed the ice if starting from large pieces). The slushy should be spoonable, like soft ice cream.

    Step 2

    Divide slushy among 6 tall glasses and garnish each with a cucumber spear.

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  • I think this is one of the times cane sugar would be better than honey. The flavor of the honey ends up competing with the watermelon

    • Vin

    • 7/12/2023