Thirst Quencher: Watermelon Lemonade

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 31, 2011

in simple recipe, vegetarian

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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VeggieGirl May 31, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Oooh, so refreshing!
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quix May 31, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Yum, I love watermelon. This looks like a no brainer to do soon with vodka for a summer gathering! :)
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mom May 31, 2011 at 8:49 PM

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

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RunEatRepeat May 31, 2011 at 8:53 PM

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…

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Marci May 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM

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

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Dinner at Christina's May 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM

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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Julia June 1, 2011 at 12:32 AM

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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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 1, 2011 at 3:07 AM

This sounds so amazing!
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Lauren June 1, 2011 at 5:55 AM

This has to be super refreshing!
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brandi June 1, 2011 at 9:15 AM

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

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? June 1, 2011 at 9:22 AM

If it was as good as it was with this early imported watermelon, I can’t even IMAGINE what it will be like with local ones!

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April @ Grits and Granola Bars June 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM

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. :)

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janetha @ meals & moves June 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I NEED SOME OF THIS!
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eamoro05@coloredgecrc.com June 2, 2011 at 4:03 AM

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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