Watermelon Mint Lemonade Recipe

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This watermelon mint lemonade recipe is super easy to make and is so refreshing on a hot summer day. Add some vodka for an adult version.

Watermelon Mint Lemonade Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Watermelon Mint Lemonade

This watermelon mint lemonade is super easy to make and is so refreshing on a hot summer day. Instructions for a mint-infused simple syrup are included. 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.  You can easily adjust this recipe until you 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.

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.

For an adults-only variation, add some citrus-flavored vodka before serving.

Equipment needed

Ingredients

  • mint simple syrup (optional)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves, stems removed and crushed
  • 6 cups fresh watermelon, rinds removed and cut into chunks
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice (6-8 medium lemons)
  • ½ cup cold water (plus more, if needed)
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves, tightly packed with stems removed
  • fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  • lemon slices, for garnish

Watermelon Mint Lemonade Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

To make the simple syrup, add the sugar, water and crushed mint leaves to a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and discard mint leaves. Cool completely before using.

Add watermelon chunks, lemon juice and ½ cup cold water to a blender and blend until liquefied. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove any larger particles. Taste and add more water, if needed. Sweeten with mint-infused simple syrup, if desired.

Bruise ½ cup fresh mint leaves with fingers to release oils and add to the bottom of a large glass pitcher or jar. If serving immediately, add ice cubes to the container and pour the watermelon mixture over top. Add fresh lemon slices to the container for garnish.

To serve, pour over ice and add a sprig of fresh mint and a lemon slice for garnish.

Watermelon Mint Lemonade

Watermelon Mint Lemonade Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

To make the simple syrup, add the sugar, water and crushed mint leaves to a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and discard mint leaves. Cool completely before using. Add watermelon chunks, lemon juice and ½ cup cold water to a blender and blend until liquefied. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove any larger particles. Taste and add more water, if needed. Sweeten with mint-infused simple syrup, if desired. Bruise ½ cup fresh mint leaves with fingers to release oils and add to the bottom of a large glass pitcher or jar. If serving immediately, add ice cubes to the container and pour the watermelon mixture over top. Add fresh lemon slices to the container for garnish. To serve, pour over ice and add a sprig of fresh mint and a lemon slice for garnish.

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    11 comments

    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle August 11, 2017 - 6:12 pm

    That sounds like such a refreshing drink. Down here in Georgia, drinks like this are required to stay cool and happy!

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    Bill Sweeney August 11, 2017 - 6:13 pm

    This sounds like just the thing to make our next barbecue super fancy. I love the combination of watermelon and mint. Om nom nom.

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    Liz Mays August 11, 2017 - 8:04 pm

    I totally need to do this. The mint sounds like a really nice touch and watermelon is always refreshing.

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    Pam August 11, 2017 - 8:14 pm

    I had some watermelon mint lemonade at a party not too long ago and loved it. I definitely need to try making my own.

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    Meagan August 11, 2017 - 8:40 pm

    This sounds so delicious. I bet it would be perfect for an end of summer party.

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    Theresa August 11, 2017 - 8:57 pm

    Watermelon mint lemonade is the perfect way to end the summer. It sounds so delish and refreshing!

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    Wendy Polisi August 12, 2017 - 12:25 am

    I seriously wish I had watermelon in my fridge at this late hour. This sounds so refreshing.

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    Jeanine August 12, 2017 - 11:55 am

    This looks and sounds delicious, and refreshing! We go through so many watermelons in our house so I know it would be a big hit!

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    pat. August 13, 2017 - 10:10 am

    Watermelon drinks depend on the mixture of other ingredients against the melon. Too many don’t taste like the fruit.

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    Amanda Love August 14, 2017 - 4:17 am

    This sounds so refreshing, the watermelon alone is perfect for the summer weather, what more if you add in mint and lemonade! I’d love to give this drink a try!

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    Catvills August 14, 2017 - 4:56 am

    I love watermelon as a fruit, and I love in even more in refreshing drinks like this. I’m saving this recipe. We have a cook-out next week with my sister and her family. This would be a perfect drink to enjoy!

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