Watermelon Mint Lemonade
Homemade Watermelon Mint Lemonade is a fun take on the traditional homemade lemonade recipe — and it couldn’t be more summery with its gorgeous bright pink color!
The perfect fruity and refreshing drink for the whole family on a hot day!
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Enjoying This Watermelon Mint Lemonade
I’ve been meaning to re-share this old recipe for Watermelon Mint Lemonade from back in 2009 since I made it this summer for a 4th of July BBQ!
As usual, summer just flies by both way too fast and at a snail’s pace at the same time.
We made and enjoyed so many new recipes over the summer that I either photographed and never got posted or I never photographed and made notes to revisit again.
Now that school is back in session, I’ve been working to get organized and reset my work plan.
One of the things that Kevin and I did was move the kid’s game room down to the basement and convert the room we were previously using as their game room to an office/studio for me.
It has been so great to move in to a functional workspace with great light for photographs, storage for props, plenty of space, and a little bit more isolated from the rest of the house.
So, today was a get organized and clean up my office day.
I’ve been in here going through things that I’ve been meaning to deal with throughout the week and ended up finding these photos on my computer.
I figured that I better hurry up and share the recipe for homemade watermelon lemonade before summer was completely over, otherwise we’d end up waiting until next year and I’d probably forget all about the recipe by then.
It might seem like summer is over.
School has been in session for a few weeks already (or less if you’re one of the lucky few to start after Labor Day), but we still have plenty of warm days throughout September.
And even though summer BBQ parties will have to wait until next summer, we will still be grilling out plenty.
There isn’t a better drink for the whole family to share to pair with weekend grilled burgers than this recipe for fresh lemonade.
It is one of my favorite versions of homemade lemonade.
If you’ve ever found yourself in the predicament of having a giant watermelon that you keep meaning to cut into but you keep forgetting and then you realize it isn’t ever going to get eaten in time unless you just blend the whole thing….
Yeah, that happened here.
If that ever happens to you, then you should definitely make this watermelon lemonade recipe.
I even blended the entire watermelon and strained it, then froze the juice in bags to save until the kids were all home to enjoy it.
That was the first time that I had ever frozen watermelon juice, but it worked perfectly and kept the watermelon from ending up in the trash, so I was pretty happy with that and definitely recommend it.
If you see any great watermelons at your farmer’s markets or in the grocery store, snatch them up and make a batch of this Homemade Watermelon Mint Lemonade to savor before summer weather is over.
It will be fall before we know it!
Homemade Lemonade Ingredients
This watermelon mint lemonade uses very few ingredients.
For this easy lemonade recipe, you’ll need:
- Granulated sugar
- Fresh mint
- Fresh watermelon
- Lemon juice
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How to Make Homemade Lemonade
For this watermelon lemonade, you first need to make a mint simple syrup — don’t worry, it’s super easy!
Just combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
Add the fresh mint and let the simple syrup soak up all that minty flavor.
To make the watermelon mint lemonade, puree the watermelon in a blender or food processor and then strain it.
Combine the strained watermelon juice, lemon juice, and water in a large jug, then pour in half of the mint simple syrup.
Add more mint simple syrup until the fresh lemonade is sweet enough for your liking.
Chill the homemade lemonade, and enjoy!
More Summer Drink Recipes
Looking for more tasty summer drink recipes to savor before summer is over?
Check out some of these favorite recipes, or browse the recipe index archives for even more great recipe ideas:
A classic Moscow Mule get a fruity twist with this recipe for Fresh Pineapple Mint Moscow Mules.
For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the vodka.
Make a batch of limeade and then make these refreshing Cherry Limeade Slushies and Limeade Recipe with summer fresh cherries.
They’re a little bit addicting, but in a good way and they’ve been great when we have needed a little sweet treat at the end of the day.
This recipe for Sparkling Rhubarb Raspberry Lemonade is simple to prepare after you make the rhubarb simple syrup.
It is perfectly sweet and tart in equal proportions with just enough fizz to tickle your nose.
Do you prefer your morning drinks on ice in the summer?
Cool off this summer with a refreshing glass of this Iced Coconut Cashew Chai in place of your morning tea or coffee.
Tangerine Raspberry Iced Tea Recipe is the perfect way to toast to the end of summer.
Iced tea is simple to make, not too unlike making regular tea.
Steep the tea bags in hot water, then cool the tea and add ice.
For extra flavor try adding herbs, such as mint, or fresh fruit to the mixture.
Who doesn’t enjoy sipping a cold cocktail on a hot summer day?
Mango Raspberry Sangria is fruity, refreshing, and simple to make!
For a simple drink that tastes great with summer burgers or chicken taco night, try this Pineapple Limeade Cooler Recipe.
You can use a fresh Limeade recipe or your favorite store-bought limeade in this recipe, whichever you like best.
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Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 cup Fresh Mint Leaves, or more if desired
- 6-8 cups Cubed Fresh Watermelon
- 3/4 cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 cup Water
- Prepared Mint Simple Syrup
For the Mint Simple Syrup
- Combine the water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to low.
- Add the fresh mint leaves, stir, and allow to simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.
- Remove saucepan from heat and let the mint steep in the sugar water for 5-10 minutes.
- Strain out the mint leaves and discard.
- Set aside and allow the mint simple syrup to cool completely.
For the Watermelon Lemonade
- Place the watermelon in the jug of a blender, working in batches if neccessary (depending on the size of your blender), and puree.
- Place a large extra fine mesh strainer on top of a 6 cup glass measuring cup.
- As you puree each batch, pour the pureed watermelon into the fine mesh strainer to strain the pulp out of the juice.
- After the juice has strained, discard the pulp.
- Repeat until all of the watermelon has been blended and strained. You will want to end with 3 1/2 - 4 cups of strained watermelon juice for use in the lemonade.
- In a large pitcher, combine the watermelon juice, lemon juice, and 1 cup of water.
- Stir to combine.
- Then, add half of the prepared simple syrup.
- Taste, and add additional mint simple syrup until you reach your desired sweetness.
- Chill the watermelon lemonade.
- Serve over ice.
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