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- 8 cups 1-inch pieces seedless watermelon (from about 4 1/2 pounds)
Working in 2 batches, blend watermelon and lemon juice in processor or blender until smooth. Transfer to pitcher.
Bring 3 1/2 cups water and sugar to boil in medium saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add hot syrup to pitcher with watermelon-lemon juice. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. Fill tall glasses with ice. Pour Watermelon Lemonade over and garnish glasses with lemon wedges.
Fresh Watermelon Lemonade
It’s no secret that I love me a good homemade lemonade! I mean hello peach lemonade, classic lemonade and strawberry lemonade!! Bring them all to mama!!
Homemade lemonade is so easy to make and taste sooooooo much better than anything you will find in the store. Although I do confess to loving that Simply Lemonade!
Summer was made for ice cold lemonade! So if you haven’t made up a pitcher yet, go on ahead and give it a try! It’s so fun to play around with different fruit combinations to switch things up a bit. I ran across a recipe for lavender lemonade that looked so pretty! I’ll def. be trying that one soon.
But today we’re making this super refreshing watermelon lemonade. I had half a watermelon left and thought it would be the perfect time to make some watermelon lemonade to go with our grilled burgers and fries for lunch.
This watermelon lemonade is as simple and pure as it gets! Water, lemons, watermelon, sugar and mint!
I just love the way fresh mint and watermelon get along. Every sip leaves your mouth cool and refreshed. It’s like a little bit of summer in a glass!
Quick lemon juicing tips: To soften up a lemon and make it easier to juice, microwave for about 15-20 seconds.
You can replace the water with sparkling water or even add a few splashes of vodka! Invite me over if you decide to go the vodka route. Heeeeeeey!
Watermelon Lemonade Recipe: Watermelon + Lemonade = Nothing Better on a Hot Summer Day by 30Seconds Food
"Here’s a fun fact: watermelon is 92 percent water, which means it can help keep you hydrated and feeling full between meals. It also can aid in digestion," says Rachel Maser, mom of four and founder/creator of the clean eating blog, Clean Food Crush®. "Always use freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice from an actual fresh lemon/lime. Bottled lemon juice from the store will give your lemonade a strange metallic or overly acidic taste."
Prep Time: 5 minutes and 3 hours to freeze watermelon
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes and 3 hours to freeze watermeon
- 8 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 4 cups ice
Here's how to make it:
Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Lay your watermelon cubes in a single layer on the prepared tray. Freeze for at least 3 hours.
Place your frozen watermelon cubes, lemon/lime juice, honey and ice into a blender. Blend until smooth. If you like it a bit more sour, then add more lemon/lime juice to taste.
Serve your cold watermelon lemonade immediately or refrigerate for later on. Stays good for about 24 hours in the fridge. Give it a stir before serving.
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Spiked Watermelon Lemonade Recipe
Your local lemonade stand&rsquos got nothing on this summer cocktail refresher. A glass of tangy, sweet lemonade is an old-fashioned Southern standby, but it could use an update. For an icy, pink-tinted drink that&rsquos made for the shade, we experimented here, elevating the summertime favorite by adding a splash of vodka and watermelon juice. This is one boozy beverage you won&rsquot want to pass up! Not to mention, it&rsquos an interesting yet refreshing way to serve lemonade at your next cookout or potluck. Made with only four ingredients, this recipe is so simple to prepare. It comes together in just 15 minutes, allowing more time for more important things like porch swinging. Because what's better than a warm evening spent sipping a cold glass of lemonade on a porch swing? For starters, combine vodka, watermelon juice, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Then strain the mixture into a glass, and garnish with mint or a lemon wheel for a cool summer sipper. The watermelon acts as a natural sweetener in this recipe to balance the bitter taste of vodka, and helps it to go down easier with less burn. Whereas, the lemon juice gives this infused, thirst-quenching libation a little zing. If you&rsquore not the vodka or whiskey-drinking type, feel free to omit it, using sparkling water, club soda, or ginger ale in its place to make an equally fizzy cocktail. You can even make this spiked lemonade ahead of time. We recommend serving in a mason jar on ice to make the perfect grab-and-go cocktail. Pair this refreshing drink with any meal, although we suggest something on the lighter side. For summer get-togethers or parties, adjust the recipe&rsquos ingredients to make a full pitcher or large batch. It&rsquos like summer in a glass, and good to the very last drop.
Slushy or slushie? Who cares! It’s the same thing.
Maybe the best thing about this blended watermelon lemonade is that it’s a slushy! It’s so, SO, sogood! There’s just nothing that can beat the incredible texture of a good slushy.
First thing you need to do is to cut the watermelon’s top. It should be hollowed using a large spoon and you must fish out any pips that come along.
The flesh has to be mashed through a sieve into a bowl.
The flesh must be put in a blender. (You can use a hand blender or tall jug)
Sugar and lemon juice have to be added to the blender.
These ingredients must be whisked to puree.
Then, soda has to be stirred in.
After taking the hollowed-out watermelon, some ice should be heaped into it.
I find the best way to make watermelon lemonade. is to leave out the water completely. and the ice cubes. Nothing to dilute the flavor. When I cut the watermelon in half I gut it out in a large pan. and scoop out the remaining flesh with a spoon. Messy. but the anticipated reward is worth it. I fill my blender 3/4 with the juice in the bottom of the pan and watermelon chunks. I then add a half-whole large lemon with the pulp and two cups of organic raw sugar to taste. Then blend. I enjoy it at room temp or after chilling in the fridge. Alternative additions. add mango or add strawberries to the watermelon.
This is our go-to beverage for family cookouts. I have used it for catered events and dinner parties as well. It is always a big hit. I prefer it with more lemon but my mom loves it as is. You have to be a watermelon lover to appreciate this recipe. Great with vodka or rum, too.
Took earlier suggestions and added more lemon and was restrained in my use of the syrup. My big change would be to strain it and make it the day before.
This recipe has become a signature drink for my parties. The trick is to stay true to the watermelon ratio but double the amount of lemon juice and be very cautious about adding the simple syrup mixture. The most I've used is half of the simple syrup but it could also be that I live in Arizona, and our melons are superb since they're locally grown.
I was really disappointed with this. I thought it had kind of a strange flavor to it, and it didn't seem to be very popular with my guests. I followed the recipe exactly and my watermelons were nice and ripe, so I don't know why my results seem to be so different from other reviewers.
Tasty, and a good use for the outside bits when you're cutting up a large melon. I used a mixture of lemon and lime and added some mint. Was balanced as was, but I can see would be good with more citrus, too.
so much better than lemonade, and I love lemonade! it was such a mild sweet/sour taste. very refreshing
Great drink. Did it without the vodka. I agree with previous reviews that it needs more lemon. The extra lemon just brings the lemonade flavour out more. It was a hit with my family, even some picky eatters.
This is a fantastic drink! I have made it several times for both family and guests and each time have received numerous compliments on how refreshing and great tasting it is. It also adds a nice splash of color to any meal being a vibrant shade of sunset red. Just a side note though to whom ever might be thinking of trying this drink, the watermelon is very strong in this drink so I found using two cups fresh lemon juice versus the one cup mentioned in the above recipe really made the taste buds pop. But it just depends on your taste.
- Quick Glance
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- 30 M
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- Serves 8 to 10
Ingredients US Metric
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 watermelon, chilled and cut into seedless chunks (about 9 cups)
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 4 to 6 lemons)
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- Ice cubes
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, bring the water and sugar to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.
Cool the simple syrup to room temperature.
Working in batches, process the watermelon in a blender until it becomes liquid. Strain it through a fine-mesh sieve. You should have 4 to 6 cups watermelon juice. Discard the solids.
In a pitcher, stir together half the simple syrup, watermelon juice, lemon juice, and salt. Refrigerate until cold.
Stir the watermelon lemonade to recombine. Taste and, if desired, add additional simple syrup. Pour into ice-filled glasses.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MAKING HARD WATERMELON LEMONADE
To give this lemonade a little adult flair, add a shot of chilled vodka to each glass before pouring in the lemonade.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This recipe was great—quick, easy, and nearly perfect. Overall, it was delicious and refreshing. I used the full amount of simple syrup. The kids liked it just as-is. All the adults who tried it agreed it could be less sweet, probably half the amount of sugar syrup would do.
Perfect for a hot summer's day! I think the addition of mint would be really nice!
This recipe is a simple way to capture watermelon at the peak of the season and can easily be adjusted to personal preference or to how sweet your individual watermelon might be.
The intensity of the fruit flavor comes through well so the lemonade doesn’t need to be overly sweetened. As written, with the full amount of simple syrup, it was too sweet for us, but that can be so easily remedied. I would add only half, taste, and adjust. You can also easily dilute with some sparkling water or add a bit more lemon (or some lime).
I used Purpleheart mini watermelon, a compact thin-skinned one that was the perfect size for this recipe. It’s nearly seedless and I used a wooden skewer to gently scrape out any seeds before putting it in the blender.
Once you get the knack of how easy it is to pull together a batch of this, you can put it to use whenever you want. What I like about the intense watermelon flavor is that this could be the basis for so many different drinks, and the pinch of salt works as well as it does on the fruit. I think this is better than the local agua fresca of my favorite tacquieria.
I have made this watermelon lemonade recipe twice now because we really liked it. The first time I followed the instructions exactly in order to properly judge the result. The second time, I omitted the sugar syrup because I really felt it was unnecessary but then I'm always looking to use less sugar.
I love the addition of the salt it gives just that extra something needed. The only thing that I would add is that once the lemon juice is added, the pulp and the liquid separate, leaving you with a less spectacular result. It is easily reincorporated with a quick stir but cooks should be aware of this if planning to put the pitcher in front of guests, like on a buffet. Otherwise, this is a delicious and refreshing summer drink.
It's so easy to make and the color is just so lovely. We also added vodka and soda to the last batch and enjoyed a very summery cocktail hour!
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Tips for Making Melonade
- Make sure to remove any and all black seeds from the watermelon. The white seeds are find to blend up but get those black seeds out of there.
- Dice the watermelon into chunks, which makes it easier to blend.
- I like to puree up the watermelon in my amazing Blendec blender, but any good quality blender will work just fine.
- I like to use lemon juice or true lemon flavoring, because quite frankly, I don’t love squeezing lemons. But you can totally use fresh lemon juice too! Usually you can get a couple of good tablespoons of juice out of each lemon.
- Once you have a nice, smooth consistency, add about five cups of the puree to a pitcher, add water and either lemon juice or true lemon flavoring.
- Don’t forget the sugar! With all that lemon flavoring, you will need to sweeten it up. I have never tried it with sugar substitutes, so I can’t say if it works as well. Everything in moderation, right?
Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail
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This recipe from author and former Gramercy Tavern managing partner Nick Mautone combines several favorite flavors of summer: watermelon, fresh lemonade, rum, and blackberries.
What to buy: Look for blackberry liqueur in well-stocked liquor stores or online. If you can’t find it, you can also use raspberry liqueur.
Game plan: The watermelon lemonade can be made and refrigerated up to 8 hours in advance.