Summer’s here (at least according to the temperatures), and our eyes are peeled for refreshing beverages for picnics, barbecues and general outdoor consumption.
Watermelonade is a delicious alternative to lemonade. You can easily adjust this recipe to make as little or as much as you’d like. We bought an 20 lb. watermelon and ended up using just half of it to make a jug and a half of juice.
One other note: you can make this recipe ahead (in fact, we find it tastes better the next day), but it does separate so make sure you give it a good shake or two before serving.
Watermelonade (adapted from Epicurious recipe)
1 (12-pound) watermelon (preferably seedless)
1/4 cup sugar, divided
4 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
12 cups cold water, divided
1. Cut one-quarter of the watermelon into 2 inch cubes and place into blender along with 1 tsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of sugar, a pinch of salt and 3 cups of water.
2. Blend until smooth and pour into a fine sieve placed over a large bowl. Pour liquid into a pitcher or jug.
3. Repeat Steps 1 & 2 until you are satisfied with the quantity of juice. Then add extra sugar and lemon juice to taste (we ended up adding another 2 tbsp of sugar and a few squirts of lemon juice)