Watermelon Mint Lemonade- there’s just nothing like a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice on a hot summer day. Add juiced watermelon and mint into the mix for a mind blowing twist. Super easy, light and refreshing batch of freshly juiced and squeezed watermelon mixed with homemade mint simple syrup and lemon juice that only takes 15 minutes to make.
It’s watermelon season and summer’s in full swing here! The days are long and hot and are in needed of an icy cold refreshing beverage to cool us down. It’s so easy to make your own lemonade. If you’ve got a blender and something to juice with your in business! Start by cubing a large watermelon. About half a large watermelon will give you roughly 5 cups of juice. It doesn’t have to be cut into perfect triangles, however is easiest for you to cut it so long as you remove the rind and you can fit it into your blender. Do this step in batches if you have to. Once the watermelon is blended and there are no visible chunks use a fine mesh strainer to pour it into and over a large measuring cup or bowl to remove as much pulp as possible. It gets thick so for this part you’ll have to help it along by stirring with a spoon or small spatula to ensure you are getting all the juice.
To juice the lemon, we do this all by hand into a 2 cup juicer. You don’t need a lot of lemons so this part we find it pretty quick and easy. I try and buy the lemons 2 days ahead of time so that way they soften up a bit and get nice and juicy. Makes the process much easier. Lemons don’t give off a ton of pulp so don’t worry about straining those, just make sure you get rid of all the seeds.
If you’ve followed us for awhile, you know that we regularly make this and find many uses for our mint syrup. For iced coffees, and all kinds of cocktails it works with just about anything. The mint adds such a nice minty, herby touch. If you grow your own mint this is a great way to make use of that excess overgrown herb. By making your own sugared syrup as the sweetener I find it helps to cut down on that sugar. For this recipe we only add 4 oz of the syrup rather than just adding cups of sugar like old fashioned lemonade which would probably amount to somewhere around 2 cups of sugar just to get it to taste right.
This refreshing batch of lemonade can serve as the base to a fun summer cocktail. Add an ounce of vodka or tequila for a cool cocktail or enjoy it as is for a tasty mocktail. By adding a rimmer a fun garnish this lemonade becomes super appetizing and even more appealing. We opted for tajin spice blend for a zesty spicy addition but a sugared rim with some citrus would be a great option too. A beautiful slice of fresh watermelon makes for a great edible garnish or use herbs for a pop of colour!
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