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This is a deliciously light and refreshing drink. It's the perfect summer drink to enjoy all year long.
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- 100g caster sugar
- 125ml water
- 615g cubed watermelon
- 750ml cold water
- 125ml fresh lemon juice
- 6 cupfuls ice cubes
MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:15min
- Place the watermelon into a liquidiser. Cover and puree until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
- Bring sugar and 125ml water to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 750ml of cold water and the lemon juice. Divide the ice into 12 glasses and scoop 2 to 3 tablespoons of watermelon puree over the ice, then top with the lemonade. Gently stir before serving.
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Reviews in English (69)
I liked this a lot, I did not however strain it, I i really pureed the mess out of it. My melon was very sweet, so i cut back the sugar a bit. Combined with a nice spiced rum this also made a lovely adult beverage-26 Jun 2010
This is light, refreshing and very simple to prepare. I did strain my watermelon through a fine mesh sieve. I mixed the lemonade mix and watermelon together in a pitcher and just poured over ice. The only change I made was to adjust the sugar to our liking. I will make this again. Thanks for sharing-28 Jun 2010
I made two batches of this at once, one with artificial sugar and one with regular sugar, and both turned out amazing! This is definitely going to become a summer drink we'll use again and again.-16 Jul 2010
Melonade (Watermelon Lemonade)
Melonade is a recipe we came up with one day after eating on a huge watermelon for days. Does this happen to anyone else? It feels like we always end up getting way more watermelon than what we need and have so much left over. And let’s face it, watermelon, once sliced, only tastes good for a few days tops. Then it starts to lose all its juice into the container that you are keeping it in and starts to get a weird texture. This delicious drink is the perfect solution so you don’t lose all that fresh, sweet watermelon flavor. It’s light, refreshing, and super easy to make. Cheers to summer!
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!
How to Make Watermelon Lemonade
If you've never made fresh lemonade at home, you might be surprised to find out that it's super easy. And I have a really easy trick for adding the sugar . no simple syrup or endless stirring required!
To start, cut your watermelon into chunks, then puree it in your blender. Next, place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl, and slowly pour the watermelon juice through it. Stop occasionally to stir the liquid in the strainer and press on the pulp. Discard the pulp, then set the liquid aside.
It isn't 100% necessary to strain the juice. I prefer to strain though, because it makes a much smoother drink.
After you've made the watermelon juice, squeeze the lemons. An old-fashioned citrus juicer works perfectly for this.
You'll need ¾ cup lemon juice for the recipe, which is about 3 large, juicy lemons. I'd recommend purchasing extra lemons though, because they can really vary in juiciness . better safe than sorry! If you prefer, you can strain the lemon juice, as well.
Take one of the squeezed lemons and thinly slice the peel. You'll add this to the drink, as well.
Next, you're going to add the sugar, and I have a really neat hack for doing it.
Add four cups hot water and ¾ cup sugar to a pitcher. Just use hot water from your faucet, it doesn't need to be boiling hot. Then, stir until the sugar dissolves. You'll know you're done when the water turns clear.
I learned this easy trick from one of my fave cookbooks, Entertaining for a Veggie Planet . so clever, right? It really saves a lot of time, too, since you're not making simple syrup (then waiting for it to cool) or trying to mix sugar and cold water (which always takes forever).
Add the lemon juice and sliced lemon to the sugar-water. Stir, then mix in the watermelon juice.
And that's all there is to it, your homemade Watermelon Lemonade is ready to drink! This recipe makes eight servings. Serve over ice, garnished with lemon slices and watermelon wedges, if you wish.
Tip: I think this drink is the perfect combination of tart and sweet, but you can always add more (or less) sugar to taste. To make it extra tart, stir in more lemon juice.
FAQ about Watermelon Lemonade
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Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of freshly squeezed?
I totally understand why you want to – squeezing a full cup or more of lemon juice is quite a task! The answer is…yes, but…! Yes you can, but the results are just not the same. For best results I definitely recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Can I use sugar instead of honey?
You certainly can! In place of the honey, use 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of boiling water. Stir together to make a simple syrup and use in place of the honey syrup.
Can I use limes instead of lemons?
You can! Limes would be delicious in this drink! You can use some in place of just some of the lemons, or all limes instead of all lemons. You may need to adjust the sugar/honey quantity slightly, to taste.
Can I make this into a frozen/slushy drink?
I haven’t played around with this, but I would imagine that using frozen cubes of watermelon and ice in place of some of the water would yield a really fantastic slushy drink!
How can I make this ahead of time?
You can store this in a pitcher in the fridge for 2-3 days, or you can play around with either freezing it into ice cubes (add to lemonade for a refreshing burst of flavor!) or into ice pops or zipcicles, which are freeze-pop shaped ziplock bags – a really cool way to make homemade ices this summer with minimal mess.
How can I turn this into a cocktail?
This refreshing Watermelon Lemonade is great with alcohol as well! Simply stir or shake it with some vodka, rum or gin – quantity to your own liking! – and enjoy.
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.
Homemade Watermelon Lemonade is the best!
Watermelon goes on sale in the Summer and you know we love a good deal. That means that it is time to make all things Watermelon. Our family whipped up a quick batch of Homemade Watermelon Lemonade in just a few minutes and the entire family was in awe with how delicious it was!
Fresh is best and we have a blast incorporating watermelon into delicious treats while it’s a bargain. There is something about watermelon that screams summer! It is a must try.
Beat the heat with this delicious drink. It is the best!
Watermelon Lemonade Recipe
As much as I love water, there’s something a bit special about a fruit-sweetened beverage like this. I’ll make a big pitcher of this lemonade in the afternoon for BL and I to enjoy as a mock-tail when he gets home from work. This and a platter of grilled vegetables is my favorite way to say, welcome home.
I added a bit of simple syrup to the lemonade to offset some of the tart fresh lemon flavor. You could keep this one 100% naturally sweetened or use a liquid option like maple or honey instead.
Lastly, I recommend straining the watermelon mixture after pureeing for a cleaner sip. It’s completely OK to keep the watermelon as is, but it will add a bit of pulp to the finished lemonade. I’ve done it both ways and while the lazy girls option typically wins, I’ll strain it if I’m serving it to guests.
Top with sparkling water (or wine! or regular water) and serve. Cheers to the weekend!
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!
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.
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.