The hot and sunny days have nothing on this summer beverage. The ultimate refresher combines the moisturizing properties of watermelon with the right tartness of lemon. It’s elegant enough for brunch and delicious after mowing the grass.
It is also the beverage of the unmotivated: simply cube some watermelon, seed a few lemons, and combine everything in a blender. The melon is doing most of the work here, so the only other ingredients you need are water and sugar. Blend, then strain; then, top with ice.
How to Pick the Best Watermelon
Additionally, you want to purchase a watermelon that is substantial for its size, hollow to the touch, and has a dark yellow field patch (an area where it was resting in the field.) Some claim that the skin’s dullness is another indication that the melon will be tasty.
The redder the fruit, the better, if you’re not buying the full watermelon. It’s easier for you if the melon is seedless, but if you can only locate melon with seeds, go for it. The sensitive white seeds can be left as they will strain out; the black ones can be flicked off.
Ingredients for Watermelon Lemonade
2 thin-skinned lemons
4 cups watermelon, (cubed)
1/3 cup of sugar
2 cups of cold water
- Wash the lemons to get rid of wax and grime. Lemons should have the hard stem end trimmed, the quarters divided, and the seeds taken out. Cut the quarters into big parts.
- Trim your lemon to lessen bitterness if the skin is thicker or the blossom end is nubby.
- In the carafe of a blender, mix the prepared lemons, watermelon, sugar, and 1 cup of water.
- About 30 seconds on high speed will get the job done.
- Utilizing a fine-mesh filter, strain the lemonade into a pitcher. To extract the remaining juice, press the pulp against the strainer with a silicone spatula. The pulp could be thrown away if you’d want.
- Add the final cup of water. To blend, stir. Pour the lemonade over ice if you want to serve it extra chilled.
You can store any extra or remaining lemonade in the refrigerator and it should be in a pitcher or other airtight container. This will help the watermelon lemonade to last for up to 3 to 4 days. If the watermelon lemonade starts to part as it is sitting. Then make sure you share it or stir it before serving or drinking.