Summer is the season for delicious cold lemonade.
It’s a classic drink so perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day.
But if you are like me and itching to add a fresh new twist to your usual (and tired) lemonade, add watermelon.
If lemonade could pick one flavor to be paired with for the summer, that would surely be watermelon.
Watermelon brings a fruity yet refreshing taste and bright, vibrant red color to colorless lemonade.
It’s a perfect summer drink that packs the ultimate summer flavors in one pitcher.
Best of all, it’s easy, fast, and quite effortless to make.
If you are health conscious, watermelon juice also adds some essential vitamins and nutrients like vitamin c, electrolytes, and potassium.
It’s also scaled low on the glycemic index for those looking to avoid taking in too much sugar.
Adding this summer fruit to the lemonade mix is a great way to use less sugar and still enjoy a delicious healthy drink on sizzling hot days.
How to Make Watermelon Lemonade
While there are many watermelon lemonade recipes out there, this recipe is versatile, easy, and delicious.
It not only makes a delicious pitcher of fresh watermelon lemonade but also serves as a mixer for your cocktail drinks.
Mix it with nice spiced rum or pour it over vodka and lemon club soda; there are a variety of uses that’ll serve you well over the summer.
Better yet, if you have kiddos in the house, the concentrated watermelon juice can double as a watermelon popsicle mixture.
To make, simply pour the mixture into a popsicle mold to turn this delicious drink into icy popsicles.
You could also make a watermelon lemon smoothie just by blending it with ice cubes, zest of lemon, and mint in a powerful blender.
This easy recipe is the best way to enjoy sweet watermelon over and over again in different ways.
Here is how to make it.
The first step is to make watermelon juice puree with watermelon and lemon.
Once the puree is made, you’ll pour cold water over the concentrated watermelon juice.
It’s that easy to make this healthy drink.
I love this way of making watermelon-flavored homemade lemonade.
This allows you to make ahead the puree days in advance and use it however way you want to.
You can also free the watermelon juice in ice cubes in the freezer for later use.
Watermelon Lemonade Recipe
- 1 small watermelon chunk (5-7lb)
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup mint leaves (optional)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar (more or less to adjust to your taste)*
- 4 cups of water
- Ice cubes
- Cut watermelon into chunks and remove the seeds unless your blender is able to liquidity them. Discard the rind (watermelon shell) to avoid the bitter taste.
- Add the chunks, lemon juice, mint leaves, and sugar into the blender and blend until smooth and pureed. Pour through a fine strainer into a pitcher and discard the pulps.
- In a large pitcher, add the watermelon puree, water, and ice. Stir in and pour into glasses. If you are making this ahead, chill the pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
There are additional ways to enjoy the watermelon puree made in steps 1-2.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g
More Watermelon Recipes to Try
Watermelon-Flavored Lemon Club Soda: To make this a watermelon soda, pour the watermelon lemon juice l into a glass and stir in club soda for fizzling summer drink.
Watermelon Cocktail: Alternatively, for a summer cocktail that’s right and refreshing, add a splash of vodka and garnish it with fresh mint leaves and lemon zest. A sip of this drink by the pool on a hot day gives you the best bliss.
Watermelon Lemon Smoothie: This lemonade can easily be turned into an icy smoothie by blending the puree with ice.
In step 2, add 2 cups of ice and 1 cup of water or more. To thin it, you need more water.
*For those looking for zero sugar options, you can completely omit it and rely on the sweetness coming from the sweet watermelon.
Alternatively, you can replace the regular sugar with sugar-free simple syrup you can buy at a grocery store.
The sugar-free sweetener can also be a good alternative for those limiting carbs and sugar.
You may also like our watermelon smoothie recipe.
Watermelon lemonade is a refreshing and delicious drink perfect on a hot summer day.
It’s a way to take in much-needed vitamin C while staying cool and enjoying the seasonal fruit.
By turning watermelon into a puree with lemon juice, this recipe becomes incredibly versatile.
It’s perfect as a watermelon popsicle mixture, bubbly healthy drink with lemon club soda with no artificial flavors, or simply enjoy it as is as a delicious summer drink.
The best thing about this also is you can pre-make the puree and make the watermelon lemonade in batches.
Any puree left can be poured into ice trays and stored in the freezer for quick use as lemonade mix.