While Snap Kitchen isn’t a restaurant per se, they’ve earned a spot on my restaurant copycat list due to their irresistibly refreshing cold-pressed juices. During one particularly sweltering afternoon, I was inspired to try making my own version of their vibrant watermelon-based juices. Though my home brew couldn’t quite capture the subtle fizz of the Snap Kitchen original, I found that adding a splash of sparkling water satiated my craving for that hit of carbonation amid a tropical combination of uber-sweet watermelon and papaya tempered by lime and mellowed with earthy coconut water. The following is a ratio that I liked, but feel free to adjust flavors to your preference!

Watermelon Juice


2 cups chopped watermelon
¼ cup chopped papaya
½ cup coconut water
1 tablespoon lime juice
¼ cup sparkling water (optional)


Add all ingredients except for the sparkling water to a blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds to a minute. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer, discarding the solids. Stir in the sparkling water if using and serve chilled.

Erika Kwee


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