Thirst Quencher: Watermelon Lemonade

Any time we have people over, there are two questions I ask as soon as they walk in the door:

  1. Can I get you something to eat?
  2. Can I get you something to drink?

Usually, the answer to the “something to eat” question is a “no, thanks, we’ll just munch on whatever’s you’ve got out. But, the answer to the “something to drink” question is a bit trickier. Knowing what beverages to offer and have available takes just as much forethought as what to serve for the meal.

For our most recent get-together, I knew that only one of our guests would be drinking beer, so I made sure to have some bottles cold for him. The rest of us though, needed something non-alcoholic yet still delicious.

The answer was staring me in the face.

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Watermelon. See, my mom was one of our guests, and watermelon is her favorite food. Seriously, and when I say favorite, I mean loves it more than Monica kind of favorite. She likes fresh watermelon, frozen watermelon, watermelon Italian ice… and just look how happy a forkful of watermelon makes her!

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So the beverage of the evening? Watermelon lemonade. I just winged (wung?) it and put together a delicious and refreshing beverage that would be amazing with a touch of liquor (vodka perhaps) for a different kind of gathering, and definitely delicious made with Splenda or Stevia instead of sugar.

Watermelon Lemonade

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Makes about 15 large glasses

Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra-fine sugar
  • 3 cups cubed watermelon
  • juice of 10 lemons (or about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • about 32 ounces water
  • Lemon slices and watermelon slices for garnish

Instructions

Mix the boiling water and sugar together in a large pitcher or serving jug. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Puree the watermelon in a blender or using a stick blender and pour it through a strainer into the same pitcher. Juice the lemons and pour the juice through a strainer to avoid getting any seeds into your lemonade. Stir well. Add the remaining water and stir again. Chill and serve over ice with a small watermelon slice for garnish.

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We went through this entire jug (ok, it was only 3/4 full) in one evening, and it was the talk of the night! Come to think of it… there’s a bit leftover that’s still in the fridge.

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If you need me, I’ll be drinking lemonade.

xoxo

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P.S. Fun watermelon fact: if you put a few pieces of watermelon in a large Nalgene-type bottle of water in the fridge overnight, the watermelon will dissolve almost completely into the water and leave you with a delicious watermelon beverage in the morning!

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16 Responses to Thirst Quencher: Watermelon Lemonade

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Oooh, so refreshing!
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  2. quix says:

    Yum, I love watermelon. This looks like a no brainer to do soon with vodka for a summer gathering! :)
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  3. mom says:

    yes.. it’s true… hands down, favorite food! ..and this was just delish!

  4. RunEatRepeat says:

    God Bless you. And can I come over?

    When people come to my house I tell them –
    1. Sorry it’s a mess… (every time)
    and
    2. Hope you’re not allergic to cats…

  5. Marci says:

    Sounds so refreshing and lovely! Intrigued since you posted over the weekend. Really want to try it!

  6. Oh I wish you’d posted this last week! I bought a watermelon that was pretty flavorless. I bet adding some lemons and sugar would have saved it. Instead, it’s still downstairs languishing in the beer fridge. :/
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  7. Julia says:

    Your mom and I would get along. I am obsessed with watermelon (hence the blog name Watermelon Smiles), and will eat it as much as possible. I’m tempted to bookmark this recipe.
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  8. This sounds so amazing!
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  9. Lauren says:

    This has to be super refreshing!
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  10. brandi says:

    definitely trying this when watermelons hit the market this summer. it sounds so good!

  11. Mmmmmmmm!! I’m so glad you decided to post this one first! This looks so refreshing and delicious. And great tip about the watermelon in the water bottle, I am going to try that and see if my toddler will drink it. She’s a water hater. :)

  12. I NEED SOME OF THIS!
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  13. Wow that is so refreshing! My mom use to cut it and half and I got a half side to myself…
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