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Cantaloupe Juice (Quick and Easy!)

by Capri Lilly

Cantaloupe Juice is an ultra-refreshing drink that has numerous health benefits. This recipe is easy to make, requires only 3 simple ingredients, and is ready in less than 5 minutes (no juicer necessary)! A ripe cantaloupe is naturally sweet, so there is no need for tons of sugar or simple syrup. In this recipe, we use a bit of honey to enhance the natural sweetness of the cantaloupe! You can even take it one step further and add lime juice to create a delicious Cantaloupe Agua Fresca!

If you love hydrating, nutritious, refreshing drinks, you’ll have to check out our Pineapple Guava Smoothie, Sea Moss Smoothie, or Spirulina Smoothie next!

two glasses of cantaloupe juice on a wooden board with a slice of cantaloupe next to the glasses

This cantaloupe juice recipe will quickly become your favorite summer drink. Most fruit juice beverages that you buy tend to have lots of added sugar and preservatives. However, making it yourself has never been easier and it tastes even better than any store-bought juice.

The flavor of this fresh cantaloupe juice is light, refreshing, and sweet. It is the perfect thirst-quencher and filled with health benefits! I enjoy making a large pitcher in the morning and sipping it throughout the day. It is also one of my favorite drinks to bring to picnics and gatherings.

small carafe of fresh melon juice

Health Benefits of Cantaloupe

  • Cantaloupe is incredibly hydrating and loaded with electrolytes and minerals! This juicy melon also has a high water content of 90%; the highest of all fruits next to watermelon and honeydew melon.
  • It is packed with vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system. One cup of cantaloupe supplies 100% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C.
  • It’s great at maintaining healthy blood pressure and increasing heart health due to its high levels of potassium.
  • One cup of cantaloupe also supplies your daily need for Vitamin A, which plays a vital role in improving bone, skin, and eye health.
ingredients needed to make cantaloupe juice shown are cantaloupe cold water honey

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Ripe Cantaloupe: You can tell a cantaloupe is ripe when the melon’s green rind begins to turn a light yellowish color. You can also push on the outside of the cantaloupe. It should be firm but slightly soft when pressed. A good cantaloupe will also feel heavy.
  • Cold Water: Use cold water so that you can enjoy the juice right away. This drink is even more satisfying when it is cold.
  • Honey: Manuka honey is best to use because it is rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. You can also use agave syrup if you would like to make this recipe vegan. Feel free to omit the sweetener if you prefer.

Optional Add-ins

  • Lime Juice: Take this juice up a notch by adding lime juice and thus creating a refreshing Cantaloupe Agua Fresca. Add the juice of one lime (about 1-2 tbsp).
  • Fresh Ginger: Blend 1-2 inches of fresh ginger with the cantaloupe for added benefits
  • Lemon and mint: Add slices of lemon and fresh to garnish and enhance your drink. (Keep in mind that lemon will change the flavor profile of the drink.)
steps shown on how to make cantaloupe juice

There are a few ways to juice cantaloupe. There is no need for a fancy, expensive juicer. You can use a blender and strain the juice in a few simple steps.

How To Make Cantaloupe Juice

  1. Remove the skin and seeds from the cantaloupe. Then, slice the flesh into chunks.
  2. Add the sliced cantaloupe, honey, and water (and lime juice if adding) to the blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Place a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth over a bowl or pitcher. Strain the pulp from the mixture to get a clear juice. (Feel free to leave the pulp if you like. It is full of fiber and nutrients.)
  4. Serve in a glass with ice cubes and garnish with fresh mint. Enjoy!

Tips For Making The Best Cantaloupe Juice

  • Store your ripe cantaloupe in the fridge until you are ready to make your juice.
  • Use cold water, especially if you want to enjoy the cantaloupe juice immediately after making it. (The juice tastes best when it is cold)
  • Use a spoon to press any juice from the pulp through the strainer, or squeeze the cheesecloth tightly to remove any liquid. This liquid is gold and you do not want any to go to waste. 🙂
  • Replace cantaloupe with honeydew for an equally refreshing muskmelon juice.
Glass of cantaloupe juice on a wooden board

Want To Make Cantaloupe Agua Fresca?

Simply add lime juice. Add the juice of one lime to the ingredients before blending. The result is a delicious melon agua fresca! Serve with ice cubes and mint for a tasty drink.

What to do with cantaloupe pulp?

You can use the leftover juice pulp in many different ways. Try adding it to your smoothies, placing it in an ice cube tray with water to make flavored ice cubes, or adding it to your muffin or pancake mix to give them more flavor.

Serving and Storage Instructions

This cantaloupe juice is best enjoyed immediately after making it and served with ice or after it has chilled in the fridge for a few hours. Store the melon juice in an airtight mason jar or pitcher with a lid and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

two glasses of cantaloupe juice on a wooden board with a slice of cantaloupe next to the glasses

I hope you enjoy this Cantaloupe Juice recipe!

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram and Pinterest! I love seeing my recipes come to life in your kitchen.

two glasses of fresh homemade cantaloupe juice

Cantaloupe Juice (Quick and Easy!)

Cantaloupe Juice is an ultra-refreshing drink that has numerous health benefits. This recipe is easy to make, requires only 3 simple ingredients, and is ready in less than 5 minutes (no juicer necessary)! A ripe cantaloupe is naturally sweet, so there is no need for tons of sugar or simple syrup. In this recipe, we use a bit of honey to enhance the natural sweetness of the cantaloupe!
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lb Ripe Cantaloupe (about 4.5 cups cantaloupe cut into cubes)
  • 4 cups Cold Water
  • 1/4 cup Honey, plus more to taste (can sub with agave syrup)

Instructions

  • Remove the skin and seeds from the cantaloupe. Then, slice the flesh into chunks.
  • Add the sliced cantaloupe, honey, and water (and lime juice if adding) to the blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth over a bowl or pitcher. Strain the pulp from the mixture to get a clear juice. (Feel free to leave the pulp if you like. It is full of fiber and nutrients.)
  • Serve in a glass with ice cubes and garnish with fresh mint. Enjoy!

Notes

Tips For Making The Best Cantaloupe Juice

  • Store your ripe cantaloupe in the fridge until you are ready to make your juice.
  • Use cold water, especially if you want to enjoy the cantaloupe juice immediately after making it. (The juice tastes best when it is cold)
  • Use a spoon to press any juice from the pulp through the strainer, or squeeze the cheesecloth tightly to remove any liquid. This liquid is gold and you do not want any to go to waste. 🙂
  • Replace cantaloupe with honeydew for an equally refreshing muskmelon juice.

Want To Make Cantaloupe Agua Fresca?

Simply add lime juice. Add the juice of one lime to the ingredients before blending. The result is a delicious melon agua fresca! Serve with ice cubes and mint for a tasty drink.

Serving and Storage Instructions

This cantaloupe juice is best enjoyed immediately after making it and served with ice or after it has chilled in the fridge for a few hours. Store the cantaloupe juice in an airtight mason jar or pitcher with a lid and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 7oz | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.6g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 22.1g | Calcium: 20mg

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6 comments

Mikayla July 28, 2022 - 2:53 am

5 stars
This cantaloupe juice is so refreshing. It’s been close to 100 degrees here in DC. This drink has been my go-to to help me cool off and stay hydrated.

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Capri Lilly July 28, 2022 - 4:00 am

HI Mikayla! Yes, this drink is the best, especially on a hot day. I hope you stay hydrated and cool!

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Liz July 29, 2022 - 3:09 am

5 stars
I made this for brunch and my canteloupe loving family thought it was terrific!!! A nice change from oj!

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Capri Lilly July 29, 2022 - 4:53 am

Yay! That is fantastic! I love OJ too but it is so nice to switch it up sometimes. Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Juliette July 29, 2022 - 6:04 am

5 stars
I had half a cantaloupe melon in the fridge until a few minutes ago after discovering this recipe. I was going to throw some in a salad but this was so easy and I love it, thank you. Better than a glass of water on a hot day 🙂

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Capri Lilly July 29, 2022 - 10:18 am

Hi! I totally agree! Better than a glass of water on a hot day and super refreshing! I am glad you liked the recipe 🙂

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