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Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon and lemonade are synonymous with summertime, so why not combine them with this delicious beverage?

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.

Watermelon Lemonade

  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. Add water and sugar; stir until dissolved. 
  3. Pour over ice in tall glasses, garnish with mint and thin slices of watermelon, if desired, and serve chilled.

 

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on June 3rd, 2012

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