We love this watermelon lemon-limeade beverage for summer back porch sippin. This refreshing and delicious summer beverage is the right combination of sweet and tart and will wake up the sleepiest of taste buds. You can also turn this into an adult libation for those summer back porch celebrations with the addition of vodka or light rum.
Locally grown watermelons are really comin on strong and are in the middle of their season. We can expect to enjoy these fresh gentle giants from the garden all the way through the end of august.
Have any of you ever been frustrated with trying to pick a sweet and juicy watermelon only to get home and be completely disappointed? If your answer is YES….we have a little advice to share that has served us well and while we can’t say we are experts yet…our success record has greatly improved!
We asked our local produce manager how to pick a good watermelon… here was his response, “pick one that has little to no yellow spot. These stayed on the vine longer to ripen.” That’s the secret…they were allowed to ripen naturally on the vine! We hope this helps make your next pick at the grocery store a prized winner!
- ¾ Of a large watermelon
- 1 ½ Cups water
- 1 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ Cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 Cups sugar
- 2 Cups water
- Additional lemons & limes for slicing and garnish
- 1.5 or 2quart sauce pan
To make your simple syrup, in your 1.5 quart sauce pan add 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar. Turn on medium heat and let it simmer long enough all the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Cut up your water melon into chunks small enough to fit in your blender and purée; working in batches.
At this point you want to strain your watermelon purée. Pour it through a fine mesh strainer. This step is important as you can see the difference before and after you strain it. It’s very clear and looks like juice after you strain the solids out.
Juice your lemons and limes.
Last, combine the cooled simple syrup, watermelon juice, water, lemon juice and lime juice, stir to combine and chill.
Slice extra lemons and limes to put in the pitcher.
This makes about 9 cups.
Last step is to share your delicious and refreshing beverage with friends and family!
Life is Delicious!