Watermelon Lemonade with dewy watermelon and freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Sweet, tangy and icy cold, it’s the best way to keep cool this summer.
I posted my favorite strawberry limeade a couple of weeks ago and judging from the regular number of visits to the recipe daily, you seem to love it as much as I do.
Guys, I am with ya! Delightfully sweet and tangy from juicy strawberries and freshly-squeezed lime juice, it’s got to be one of the most refreshing drinks on earth! Along with this watermelon lemonade, of course.
For someone who grew up in the tropical Philippines, I surprisingly don’t do California summers well. There’s just something about the dry heat that saps me of energy. Regardless of my incessant whining about the horrid weather, though, I do appreciate the abundance of fruits and vegetables brought by this season.
Watermelon, or at least, certain varieties, are available year round but they are undoubtedly the sweetest during warmer months. I love, love, love this dewy fruit! The ruby red flesh deliciously compliments sesame chicken, is awesome with black beans as a salsa, and marries well with lemons for the perfect summer drink.
Tips on How to Make Watermelon Lemonade:
- I like a little bit of watermelon pulp in my lemonade but you can strain the mixture using a fine mesh sieve if desired.
- To extract the most juice out of your lemons, make sure they are at room temperature. You can place them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes or microwave them for 20-30 seconds to break down their cell membranes. After the lemons have been warmed, roll them on the kitchen counter a few times until you feel the flesh softening.
- You can use simple syrup to sweeten the drink especially if you’d like to infuse additional flavors. In a saucepan, combine equal parts sugar and water. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and syrup is clear and no longer cloudy. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- To infuse with an additional layer of flavor, add a few sprigs of mint to your simple syrup right after it comes to a boil. Take the pan off the heat and allow to herbs to steep for a minute or two in the syrup. Discard herbs.
Enjoy this watermelon lemonade, it’s a delicious way to refresh and keep cool in the heat!
- 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed cubed
- 1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- In a blender, combine watermelon, lemon juice, water, and sugar. Process until well-pureed.
- To serve, pour into glasses over ice.