Watermelon Lemonade

Drinks, Seasonal Recipes, Summer Recipes | 31 comments

I found a few lemonade recipes that I want to try and posted them back in April for To Taste Tuesday. Watermelon was on sale for $0.25/lb. at Smith’s, so I figured there was no time better than now to give Watermelon Lemonade a try.

This drink was absolute perfection with our burger dinner Saturday evening before Mother’s Day. It’s been pretty warm here the past week and a glass of ice cold Watermelon Lemonade really cools you off. We all loved the flavor combo. Eric couldn’t get enough of it. His usual favorites are water and orange juice, so to see him going back for seconds, thirds, and fourths of this…well, it was easy to see that this recipe had earned a “keeper” status in our house. The original recipe doesn’t mention straining, however I chose to strain the pureed watermelon over a fine mesh strainer to thin it out. I also left the mint out, because hubby isn’t a fan.

Watermelon Lemonade
adapted from Southern Living

  • 15 cups seeded and cubed watermelon
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Ice
  • Garnishes: watermelon wedges

Process watermelon, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Add lemonade concentrate and whisk to combine. Serve chilled and over ice.

Katie Goodman

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    Maria - May 18, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

    What a refreshing beverage. I usually don’t make anything with watermelon because it is my favorite and I think it is perfect as is, but I will have to try this one:)


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    Mixing Bowl Mama - May 18, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

    This looks so refreshing and I’m always looking for something fun for the kids to make using watermelon. Thanks for sharing!


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    oneordinaryday - May 18, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    This sounds just about perfect. Thanks for sharing it.


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    rookie cookie - May 18, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

    I am thinking this might be an option at my sister’s baby shower in June. Looks good and the color is so appropriate for a girl baby shower.How much mint was supposed to go in the recipe?


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    Rachel - May 18, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

    That really sounds refreshing! I am imagining having a glass or two, lounging by the pool side :) Would be great for summer party, very prety and


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    Rachel - May 18, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

    Oops, I meant very pretty and very chic!


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    Miki - May 18, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

    We've had 100+ temps the last 3 days and this looks & sounds sooo refreshing!


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    CJ'SMOMMY*KIMBERLY - May 19, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

    This looks good enough to eat….or drink ,lol.I have to try this.My 3 year old and I love watermelon! Thanks for sharing!


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    Abby - May 19, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

    What a gorgeous photo! I don’t *love* lemonade, but I ADORE watermelon so I might just have to give this a try.


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    Lo - May 21, 2009 @ 2:43 am

    oooooooh! I can’t wait for watermelon to be in season here so that I can give this a go!Food of the gods, I tell you!


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    chocolatecup - May 21, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

    wow. even tho i really hate watermelon, i think everyone else wld appreciate this. and its always summer here sooo kuddos to an all-year drink:)


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    Anonymous - May 21, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

    Since frozen lemonade concentrate very likely contains high fructose corn syrup, Im going to this using “Simply Lemonade” from Whole Foods and adding the “mooshed/strained” watermelon until the color looks just right. Lovely idea, thanks.


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    Olga - May 21, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    I love watermelon! This seems like such a great idea for summer.


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    Zahra - May 21, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

    mmm looks good! will def have to try this!:)


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    Patsyk - May 22, 2009 @ 1:59 am

    I can’t wait to try this at our next bbq! what a great twist!


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    Tara - May 22, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

    oh my gosh…that sounds amazing!!!


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    The Food Hunter - May 23, 2009 @ 4:44 am

    I’ll have to give this a try for sure.


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    Anonymous - May 28, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

    aqua fresca. you can do it with any fruit.


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    Chuck Underwood - May 28, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

    This was absolutely wonderful. I will definetly be making this in the future for all of out BBQ’s. Thank you for the share.


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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} - May 29, 2009 @ 1:42 am

    Chuck – So glad you enjoyed it…thanks for visiting!


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    Elle - May 30, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

    Oh, it looks so refreshing! And very pretty, too.


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    Hoosier Homemade - June 04, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

    That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!~Liz


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    chocolate tamales - June 10, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

    Love it! Refreshing!


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    lunatepetal - June 10, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

    ahhhhhhhhh sounds yummy! I need a glass of lemonade right now!!!


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    nikkos - June 10, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

    I was inspired by a comment made by Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) in a New Yorker profile to mix mashed-up watermelon with a little sugar and a healthy pour of tequila, over ice of course. If you like watermelon lemonade, try the Bonnie Prince Billy version! :) I've also heard that watermelon drinks with a basil leaf garnish are nice- but I haven't tried it yet.


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    pomly - June 11, 2009 @ 2:44 am

    My mouth is watering! Adding watermelon and lemons to shopping list right now. I'd like to try a taste test of mint and non mint versions. I have much of it growing in my garden and I love it so.


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    felicity - June 19, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

    HiSounds a great idea and i would love to make it but i don't think we have frozen lemonade concentrate in the uk. How could i substitute it – fresh lemon juice and sugar?Your advice would be great,thanksFelicity


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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} - June 20, 2009 @ 1:01 am

    Felicity – I would think that should work, but I haven't tried it myself. Good luck!


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    Rebeca - July 28, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

    This watermelon lemonade looks positively refreshing. I only wish the weather around me would cooperate (cloudy, threatening rain). Either way, it is the perfect summery drink.


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    Lynn - August 21, 2009 @ 3:57 am

    I looooove watermelon lemonade! It's one of my favorite summertime drinks :) Yum, now I want to make me some.


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