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Watermelon is a staple during the hot summer months! You can eat it in salads, in wedges, and other dishes. Today’s recipe gives you a chance to drink your watermelon!
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
This watermelon mint lemonade is super easy to make and is so refreshing on a hot summer day. This is one of those recipes you’ll want to tinker around with to find the right flavor combination for your tastes. For example, the amount of water you need to add will vary depending on how juicy the watermelon is and how strong you want the flavor to be.
I have included instructions for a mint-infused simple syrup. The watermelon adds a lot of sweetness, however, so you may not wish to sweeten it further. It really depends on how sweet or tart you want the final results to be.
If you are serving this recipe outside on a warm day, make extra so you can freeze some into ice cubes or an ice ring (if serving in a punch bowl). Using ice cubes made of the beverage you are serving rather than plain water will prevent watered-down drinks as the day or evening progresses.
And for an adults-only variation, add some citrus-flavored vodka before serving.
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
Mint Simple Syrup Ingredients:
- ½ c. granulated sugar
- ½ c. water
- ¼ c. tightly packed fresh mint leaves stems removed and crushed
- 6 c. fresh watermelon cut into chunks
- ¾ c. fresh lemon juice 6-8 medium lemons
- ½ c. cold water (plus more, if needed)
- ½ c. fresh mint leaves tightly packed with stems removed
- Ice to serve
- fresh mint sprigs for garnish
- lemon slices for garnish
- To prepare the simple syrup, add the sugar, water and crushed mint to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely, approximately 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain to remove mint leaves. Set aside to cool.
- Add watermelon chunks, fresh lemon juice, and cold water to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour through a strainer to remove any larger particles. Taste and sweeten with the cooled mint-infused simple syrup, as desired.
- Bruise one-half cup fresh mint leaves with fingers to release oils and add to a large glass pitcher or jar. Top with the watermelon mixture and stir to combine. To serve, pour over ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a slice of lemon. Enjoy!
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