Watermelon Lemonade

I've been trying hard to maintain twice weekly postings, Wednesday's and Friday's, here at Food and Gladness, but last Friday I slipped.  Here's a couple of reasons why.  First of all, for the past month, Mike and I have been consumed with little projects on our home dealing with finishing touches to our kitchen and floor boards to prepare for the BBQ/my brother's 50th birthday party on June 7th.  Secondly, Friday June 6th was our 5th Anniversary!  We decided to take the day off and have a fun day {brunch at Half & Half, then golf}.  

My brother's birthday BBQ was a fun day, although I still think it could have been a little better if the sun cooperated more ;)  I was expecting the burger bar, especially the bacon jam burger, to be the big hit of the day.  Surprisingly, it was the watermelon lemonade.  Prior to the party, the watermelon lemonade filled the beverage jug nearly to the top rim, but as you can see in the picture, during the party it was close to empty. 

Watermelon lemonade is one of my favorite drinks in the summer.  It's refreshing and has a great balance between sweet and tart.  Sometimes I'll add sprigs of basil for another dimension of flavor.   To create a grown up aperitif, add a little dash of Vodka to the watermelon lemonade and then enjoy prior to your meal.  

Watermelon lemonade couldn't be easier to make.  Puree fresh melon, add frozen lemonade concentrate and water...voila, it's done!  Here's to good food, drink, and gladness!

 

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Ingredients for Watermelon Lemonade (makes 6 qts)

  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed (about 1/4 of a small watermelon)
  • 3- 12 oz packages of frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 cup simple syrup (1 cup water, boiled into 1 cup granulated sugar. stir until dissolved) 
  • optional: fresh mint or basil sprigs

Directions for Watermelon Lemonade

  1. Place cubed watermelon into a food processor.  Pulse until liquified.  
  2. Strain liquified watermelon into a bowl, set aside.
  3. Make lemonade per instructions on package ( 1 can of concentrate to 2 qts of water).  Add stained watermelon liquid, stir together.  If too tart add simple syrup.  I used 1 cup for the 6 quart beverage container.  
  4. Stir prior to serving.  Optional garnish: lemon wedges/slices, fresh basil or mint leaves.