Watermelon Milkshake

On my recent trip to Thailand, I fell in love with a watermelon milkshake.

It was after several long, hot days meandering through the Patong markets that Adarsh and I decided to indulge in some poolside R & R. We slipped into the shade under a poolside umbrella, kicked off our flip flops, and ordered watermelon milkshakes from the resort menu.

Inside that cold, frosty glass was nothing but juicy watermelon blended with ice and milk, but it was incredible. Frothy, sweet and irresistibly pink.

Watermelon is so, well, watery… that maybe you’re thinking (as I was), “In a milkshake? Really?”. Well, the answer is a confident, “Yes. Really”. It’s got kind of a watermelon-flavoured dreamsicle thing going on. And though it’s called a milkshake, the name is a bit misleading. It is no way cloying or heavy like the thick, ice cream-laden variety.  It’s closer to juice consistency, with a bit of creamy slush.

A touch of sugar really amplifies the watermelon flavour in the same way sugaring berries intensifies theirs. Rather than dilute that sweet, summery flavour with ice, in my version I simply froze the melon and blended it directly with the milk.

To freeze watermelon, cut the flesh into chunks and freeze it in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. This way the chunks won’t stick together and you can grab only what you need. Transfer to freezer bags and store frozen for up to 3 months.

I’m going to continue sipping on watermelon milkshakes until summer graces Vancouver with its presence. You can be sure that with every taste I will be imagining myself back on that smouldering patio, feet dangling in a cool, turquoise swimming pool with a backdrop of glimmering sea and fluttering palm trees…

Watermelon Milkshake
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Serves: 2
  • 3 cups frozen watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process to milkshake consistency. Taste and add more sugar as needed.


  • http://twitter.com/angiesrecipess Angie

    A lovely milkshake! Good for anytime!

  • Elann McChesney

    Refreshing – both the photography and the subject matter.
    Gone to buy watermelon…..

  • http://www.steamingpot.com/ The Steaming Pot

    “In a milkshake? Really?” was actually my first thought, you read me so right :) I love watermelons, just can’t see them working with milk. Your post has me sold, I’ll try this out for sure…

    • foodess

      Yay! I’m happy I sold you on it. Let me know what you think! :-)

  • Elann

    Refreshing – both the photography and the subject matter.
    Gone to buy watermelon…..

  • Erin

    Tried a vegan version with coconut milk…. SO good. I think it’s a new favorite of mine. I love Thai food, but had never heard of this before. Thanks for filling me in!

    • foodess

      Yum, sounds wonderful!

  • http://spabettie.com/ Kris

    YUM! this sounds so refreshing and the photos are stunning – thanks for sharing, I cannot wait to make this!

    • foodess

      You’re most welcome, let me know how it turns out for you! :-)

  • http://justj.ca/ MizzJ

    Oh my, this looks amazing!! 

  • Lucy Hill

    I love milkshakes! I love watermelons! And having watermelon milkshakes? I freakin’ love it!

  • http://shittyphotosokfood.wordpress.com/ Dani

    I bet it tastes as good as it looks! And great idea about freezing watermelon – milkshakes in the middle of winter sounds like a great idea to me :)

  • Rghawkin

    I made this today – incredible!  Who would have thought that this would make such a rich, creamy, and tasty treat!  This is my new favourite slushy summer drink.

  • http://todayibegin.wordpress.com/ Barbara

    Love this idea!  I was just thinking the other day that a watermelon smoothie would be delicious but I wasn’t sure how to go about it.  I like the idea about freezing the watermelon so you don’t dilute it.  Thanks!

    • foodess

      Thanks Barbara! Hope you enjoy!

  • Hcs_317

    I love it! saw at a restaurant and didn’t try it, but ended up with a lot of extra watermelon. Came out very good!

  • Hcs_317

    I love it! saw at a restaurant and didn’t try it, but ended up with a lot of extra watermelon. Came out very good!

  • Mamasimpson

    This is delicious! Even my son who is not a fan of watermelon loved it.

  • Mancia Oscar

    I too tried this in Thailand and I cannot believe I forgot about it. Thank you for reminding me and I’m making it right now.

  • miska

    i accidentaly ran into your blog and am really loving it. this drink is constantly on the menu of my fav vietnamese restaurant in berlin.since i moved away ive been craving for this little drink. now it is on my table :) did it with rice milk and is refreshing as a summer breeze! thank you all the way from europe :)

    • foodess

      You’re so welcome, Miska! I’m happy you accidentally found me!! :-)

  • Kathy

    These are also REALLY good if you add soy protein powder to the mix and have it for breakfast. One of my favs!

  • Dan

    Add some fresh mint leaves as well