Fresh Watermelon Lemonade

When summer gives you watermelon, make Watermelon Lemonade! So easy and refreshing, and the best part is that it is ready in 20 minutes with just 4 simple ingredients and no artificial colors or flavors!

We are obsessed with homemade lemonade recipes in the summertime. The temps have been over 100 degrees F this week and nothing beats fresh squeezed lemonade during the summer months!

It’s the most refreshing drink that is perfect for summer barbecues, potlucks, a pool party, and any time you are looking to beat the heat.

The fruity twist is a great way to use that other half of a watermelon that’s sitting in your refrigerator. You can adjust how sweet or tart your lemonade is by adding more or less of the simple syrup or more or less lemon juice. It’s so good you are probably going to want to make a double batch.

This makes the prettiest pink lemonade with such a refreshing flavor, and we love eating the slivers of watermelon garnish after finishing our cup of lemonade!

Ingredients for Watermelon Lemonade

  • Simple syrup – This takes five minutes to make and it’s just water and sugar that you heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Lemons – You’ll get much better flavor from squeezing fresh lemons for their lemon juice than using the stuff that comes in a bottle from the store. Kids love to help with this part.
  • Watermelon – There is nothing like a juicy, sweet watermelon! This is what gives watermelon is real, natural flavor instead of something artificial from watermelon extract.

The natural sweetness of the watermelon might mean you need less simple syrup if you prefer your lemonade less sweet. We recommend tasting the watermelon and adjusting the amount of simple syrup as needed until you have the perfect combination for your personal preference.

Tips for Success

  • Everybody loves a garnish! I like throwing the watermelon chunks and sliced lemons into the glasses or the pitcher for extra flavor, but you could also cut small watermelon wedges and lemon slices to sit on the rim of each glass if you prefer.
  • Don’t dilute too much with ice. If you want to add ice to a pitcher of lemonade you might want to decrease the amount of water so the lemonade is more concentrated to begin with. That way as the ice melts it doesn’t dilute the flavor of the lemonade too much.

 

Variations

  • Watermelon Mint Lemonade – Finely chop a handful of fresh mint leaves and stir them in to your pitcher of fresh lemonade along with the other ingredients, then garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint. You could also muddle the mint at the bottom of each glass if you prefer not to drink the chopped mint leaves.

Fresh Watermelon Lemonade

When summer gives you watermelon, make Watermelon Lemonade! So easy and refreshing, and the best part is that it is ready in 20 minutes with just 4 simple ingredients and no artificial colors or flavors!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

Simple Syrup

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups fine granulated sugar

Lemonade

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5-6 lemons)
  • 4-5 cups cold water
  • watermelon slices for garnish
  • lemon slices for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan add water and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. This can be done up to 2 weeks in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Remove the watermelon rind with a sharp knife, then roughly cut up the fruit into chunks and place it in the bowl of a large food processor or blender.
  • Use a lemon juicer to squeeze the lemon juice from fresh lemons that have been sliced in half. Be sure to remove any seeds from the lemons so they don't end up in your lemonade. Add the lemon juice to the cubed watermelon.
  • In a food processor or blender, add in your cubed watermelon and lemon juice. Blend until smooth.
  • Combine the simple syrup and watermelon juice mixture in a large pitcher. Add in the cold water and stir. Serve with lemon and watermelon slices!

Notes

  • Storage: You can store it in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Keyword beverage, lemonade

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