This Watermelon Lemonade is tart and fruity – a perfect sweet drink for a hot summer day. This was the first time I’ve made homemade lemonade, and I can confidently say that it is 100x better than canned or powdered lemonade. My favorite part of making this recipe was smelling the watermelon juice – it reminds me of watermelon Jolly Ranchers. I would recommend enjoying this drink cold from the fridge since it tastes better and is more refreshing. Also, if you let the lemonade sit in the fridge awhile before serving it, you may notice remnants of pulp beginning to settle. Nothing to worry about, just give the lemonade a good stir with a wooden spoon and you’re ready to go! And if you absolutely hate pulp and want to minimize it even more, you can place a cheesecloth over the strainer to catch the smallest bits. Hope you enjoy cooling down with this recipe over the weekend!
- • 4 cups water
- • ¼ cup sugar
- • 2 tablespoons honey
- • 4 cups chopped watermelon
- • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (takes approximately 6 lemons)
- In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil with the sugar. Stir occasionally to ensure the sugar dissolves. When the water boils, stir in the honey and remove from heat.
- Puree the watermelon in a blender. Add a splash of water if needed.
- Combine the watermelon juice and lemon juice. Strain the juice into a pitcher to get rid of any seeds or pulp. Once the sugar water has cooled, add it to the pitcher as well. Pour 2 additional cups of water in the pitcher to dilute the lemonade.
Adapted from Nanette Wong