Friday, 26 July 2013

Watermelon Lemonade recipe - ultimate thirst quencher

This is the one I bought but mine was the same without the slice!
During the week we grabbed a quick lunch locally and as the heat was overwhelming we opted for Watermelon Lemonade instead of the usual glass of rose. I have never tried this drink before (seems to be big in the USA) but as all my local shops are bursting at the seams with watermelons, and as it was both delicious and refreshing, I decided to make my own as it really is a fabulous summer recipe.

It was almost impossible to find an English recipe for watermelon lemonade but I do own a set of american measuring cups so I'm afraid the measurements are in those. But really you just need to be roughly accurate and use a bit of common sense. The secret is not to over-sugar the lemonade and to sieve it to get rid of the bits.

I used...

half a large watermelon with the flesh scooped out and the pips removed
2 cups of water
3 cups of water
1/2 cup of sugar
4 lemons

I liquidised the watermelon flesh then using the two cups of water, dissolved the sugar over a low heat. I then squeezed the lemons and added the lemon juice, the 3 cups of water and the sugar water to the watermelon which I had put through a sieve to get rid of the bits and extra pips.

Put in the fridge until really cold and serve with lots of ice. It's nice with some fresh mint leaves and of course if you have any left over melon it looks extra pretty with a slice. I can imagine it makes a brilliant mixer for vodka on a summers evening.

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