Spring is in the air which means Epcot’s International Flower and Garden festival is too! Since we aren’t traveling down to the festival this year, we decided to recreate a series of Flower and Garden festival foods at home. And of course, we want to share them with you so you can bring the magic home too! Today we are sharing our copycat recipe for the Watermelon cucumber slush, which can usually be found at the Florida Fresh Booth. Keep scrolling for our Watermelon Cucumber slush copycat recipe!
Epcot’s Flower and Garden Watermelon Cucumber Slush
For some reason this year, Walt Disney World decided not to bring back the Watermelon Cucumber slush to the Flower and Garden Festival. We were pretty surprised about this because it was really popular! I would go so far as to say that it even could have competed with Violet Lemonade. Yep, that’s what I said. So even if we were able to attend the festival this year, we probably would have tried to recreate this anyway because it’s too good to miss. It usually makes our top foods list from the Flower and Garden festival; so a copycat recipe was really needed regardless!
Watermelon Cucumber Slush Ingredients
What ingredients do I need to make the Watermelon Cucumber Slush? We love making recipes simple when we can, and I’m happy to say this one only uses four ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need to make the Watermelon Cucumber slush.
- Simply Watermelon Juice
- Lemonade, any kind will likely work, but we used this one
- Seedless Cucumber
- Fresh Watermelon
- Ice Cube Tray
- Food Processor
- Blender (or you can use your food processor to blend it all together too)
Tips for making Watermelon Cucumber Slush
Although this recipe is pretty simple, you’ll want to plan ahead for it.
To give it the most flavor, rather than just using ice for the “slush” part of the drink, we actually froze the watermelon juice in ice cube trays. So you’ll need to allow for a couple of hours for that. I tried a few other recipes that created this recipe using fresh watermelon and frozen lemonade and honestly, the texture was way off for me, so I really recommend freezing your watermelon juice beforehand.
If you have a juicer, you could probably also use that if you can’t find the juice at your local store. We found ours at Target and it was available through grocery pickup and delivery, and that made it super easy to get! The recipe card says that it only takes 10 minutes but that’s not accounting for the time it takes to freeze the watermelon juice, so just be aware!
Speaking of texture you’ll also want to make sure you really blend up your cucumber or you’ll end up with a much less smooth slushy. Alternatively, you could also make cucumber water, freeze it and use that to replace the fresh pureed cucumber if you want to. That would involve a little more time, but it’s an option if you don’t have a food processor or don’t love the idea of pureed cucumber in your drink. Personally, I didn’t notice a texture issue here at all since it is a slightly frozen state, but I know some people are funny about textures of food and drink, so wanted to give that as an option too!
One other thing to keep in mind is that these measurements are great for giving a ratio, however, feel free to adjust as needed! We made this several times just to test consistency and once in a while we did need to add more lemonade or watermelon juice as we were blending it all together. The extra liquid helps everything get blended a bit more thoroughly and depending on what blender you need, it might be necessary. Adding in the watermelon juice during blending will give it more watermelon flavor too!
Epcot Flower and Garden Watermelon Cucumber Slush Copycat Recipe
Watermelon Cucumber Slush Copycat Recipe
- 1 c. Simply Watermelon Juice + 1/2 c. -1 c. Watermelon Juice
- 1/2 c. Lemonade
- 1/4 c. Peeled and Pureed seedless cucumber
- Watermelon for garnish
- Ice if desired
- Step 1 Freeze 1 c. simply watermelon juice in ice cube tray
- Step 2 Peel and puree seedless cucumber
- Step 3 In a blender or food processor, blend frozen watermelon juice, lemonade, and pureed cucumber until well mixed, adding extra watermelon juice as you go for desired texture and/or flavor.
- Step 4 Add ice if desired
- Step 5 Top with fresh watermelon
- Step 6 Enjoy!
So there you have it, our Watermelon Cucumber Slush Copycat Recipe! This is the perfect drink for summer