A recipe for Xigua Niu Nai (西瓜牛奶, Taiwanese Watermelon Milk)! Cubes of watermelon are blended with milk and a little sugar for a cool and refreshing drink.
This Xigua Niu Nai (西瓜牛奶, Taiwanese Watermelon Milk) is such a refreshing way to use up any extra watermelon during the hot summer months.
Best of all, the drink comes together in about 5 minutes with only three ingredients! The longest part of the prep is cutting up the watermelon.
Simply blend together watermelon pieces with milk and sugar until smooth, then strain through a fine mesh sieve. Serve immediately with ice.
A Few Tips
This recipe is best made with ripe watermelon at peak season.
I used about 4 cups of watermelon chopped into 1 inch (2.5 centimeter) pieces. This came out to 600 grams. The exact weight may differ based on the density of the watermelon.
If using a watermelon with black seeds, remove and discard the seeds before adding the chopped watermelon to the blender.
Adjust the sugar to taste. I only needed about 1 tablespoon (12 grams). The exact amount will depend on personal taste and the sweetness of the watermelon.
Some recipes I came across also add a tablespoon or two of sweetened condensed milk for a creamier texture. If using, omit the sugar at first and adjust to taste.
Blend the watermelon and milk at the lowest setting and just until smooth to avoid creating too much foam.
Serve the watermelon milk immediately after blending and straining. Definitely don’t skip the straining step. This helps create a more smooth drink.
Avoiding milk? Simply swap for water to make Watermelon Juice (Xigua Zhi, 西瓜汁).
Looking for more Watermelon recipes?
- Gelo di Melone (Sicilian Watermelon Pudding)
- Karpouzi me Feta (Greek Watermelon with Feta)
- Agua de Sandía (Mexican Watermelon Water)
Xigua Niu Nai (Taiwanese Watermelon Milk) Recipe
Adapted from The 350 Degree Oven
Xigua Niu Nai (西瓜牛奶, Taiwanese Watermelon Milk)
- 4 cups (600 grams) chopped fresh watermelon
- 1 tablespoon (12 grams) granulated sugar optional
- 1 cup (240 milliliters) cold milk
- In a blender, add the watermelon, sugar if using, and milk.
- Blend on the lowest setting just until smooth. Adjust sugar to taste.
- Pour the blended watermelon and milk through a fine mesh sieve.
- Serve immediately, with crushed ice if desired.