Watermelon and lemonade are synonymous with summertime, so why not combine them with this delicious beverage? It’s perfect for a hot day and will really add some pizzazz to a lemonade stand or garden party.
As an added benefit, watermelon are 92% water and can assist in keeping you hydrated during those warm summer months. In 2009, a University of Naples study found that plant chemicals lutein and zeaxanthin – found in fruit such as watermelon and papaya – help boost hydration even further.
Because some watermelons are sweeter than others, be sure to taste the watermelon first. If it’s very sweet, reduce the sugar.
- 6 cups 1-inch cubes seedless watermelon (from about a 5-pound melon)
- 1 (10 ounce) bottle lemon juice
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup cane sugar
- Crushed ice
- Mint sprigs and lemon slices, for garnish
- Working in batches as necessary, purée watermelon and lemon juice in blender until smooth; transfer to a large container. Tip: putting the purée through a fine sieve may help to remove some chunks that are still be present.
- Add water and sugar; stir until dissolved.
- Pour over ice in tall glasses, garnish with mint and thin slices of watermelon, if desired, and serve chilled.