Easy peasy lemon SQUEEZY! A refreshing summertime sipper bursting with fresh watermelon and bright citrus. Perfect for an afternoon by the pool, to take to the beach, or spike this lemonade for a fun cocktail!
I don’t know about you, but I can never get enough watermelon in the summertime. Our family goes through a huge melon about every 2 days. And while my preferred method is standing over the counter and slurping it up while I cut a large platter for my kids, occasionally we find other ways to enjoy this quintessential summertime treat.
Sometimes it’s watermelon popsicles. Other times we make a sweet / savory salad. But one of my favorites has to be this lemonade.
4 ingredients (that’s including the water!).
AND you’ve got this ultra-refreshing drink.
Double it for a group (or if you’re like me and when one glass just isn’t enough)… or add your favorite liquor for an adult beverage worthy of chillaxing on the patio. ?
Any Hints or Tips in making Watermelon Lemonade?
- Depending on how sweet your watermelon is, and your desired level of sweetness, you may need more or less sugar syrup. Taste and adjust accordingly.
- To get the most juice out of your lemon, roll it on the counter back and forth a few times before cutting and squeezing. You can squeeze it by hand or use a reamer, straining out the seeds, or use a citrus press.
- You can make this ahead and refrigerate. The lemonade will keep in the fridge for a few days.
Any Ways to Zest Up this Lemonade?
You can spike it with your favorite liquor.
- Try vodka, tequila, gin or white rum. I’d use about an ounce and a half of liquor per cup of lemonade.
Who’s ready for some fun?
So as a reminder, here’s how it works. Watch this short 5 min. video ? where one of my kids helps me demonstrate a kitchen technique, then we use it to make a YUMMY recipe!
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- 4 cups cubed watermelon or 1 pound of watermelon without rind
- ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1 ¾ cups water divided use
- In a small saucepan, heat ¼ cup water with the sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Puree the watermelon in a blender. Strain using a wire mesh strainer. You should end up with 1 ½ cups watermelon juice (discard the pulp in the strainer or eat it up!)
- Combine the watermelon juice, lemon juice, cooled sugar syrup, and remaining 1 ½ cups water. Stir to combine. Pour over ice to serve.
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