Wonderful, thirst-quenching summer drink. Not too sweet. I used to make this by just swapping out half the water in my regular lemonade recipe for watermelon juice. Then I saw this recipe on the Smitten Kitchen site last year. Always nice to have more precise measurements, yes?
We try to avoid most bottled soft drinks so I like to substitute a sparkling water such as San Pellegrino for some of the plain water to make a fizzy alternative.
Also, if you have freezer space, it’s nice to freeze straight when you have an abundance of watermelons in the garden. Then you can make this in the spring without waiting for the melons to ripen.
1 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
2 cups seeded watermelon puree, strained
6 tablespoons simple syrup, *see Note
3 cups water
Stir all ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve over ice.
Make your own simple syrup by heating in a small pan, one part sugar and one part water until sugar has dissolved completely. For this recipe, as written, you’d need 6 tablespoons sugar and 6 tablespoons water for the amount of simple syrup listed in recipe.
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