The only thing better than lemonade on a hot day is watermelon lemonade! This watermelon mint lemonade is sweet, tart, and has the spicy bite of mint. Add some rum and you’ll have a refreshing, summer cocktail. Skip the rum and you’ll have a festive drink for the whole family to enjoy.
I’ve been making watermelon lemonade for several years now. I saw something about it, thought ‘awesome idea’, snagged a few lemons and a watermelon, and then whipped up a batch. Since it was indeed an awesome idea it’s become a summer time staple around here! A couple of years ago, I decided to add mint to the syrup and now it’s even better than my earlier batches. Yum! 🙂
Sometimes I can’t wait and buy a seedless watermelon from the supermarket, and even with those watermelons, it’s still darn tasty. However, if you want the best watermelon lemonade? Buy seeded watermelons. Heirloom, seeded watermelons are amazing!
And they come in different colors! Orange, yellow, deep reds, even white.
This is something I didn’t know until a few years ago, but I love it. Like carrots and tomatoes and other produce, only a few varieties are made in quantity. There are all these variations other there to try and enjoy. Stripy tomatoes, deep red carrots, and orange watermelons.
That’s part of why I love going to the farmer’s market and visiting farm stands!
So, I make this once the weather gets hot with the watermelons I can find, and enjoy every glass. And then, when the local watermelons are out? I make jugs of watermelon mint lemonade! It’s so great having some fresh lemonade in the fridge on a hot day.
Don’t feel like dealing with the seeds?
That’s what kids are for. 🙂 I squeeze the lemons and measure out the ingredients while my daughter takes out the seeds.
Also – fun tip – watermelon freezes well.
Cube it up, take out the seeds, and pop it in the freezer. The frozen watermelon will be perfect for any drink, lemonade, or smoothie you wish to make.
I know that I generally make a cocktail every month, and of course you can totally turn this into a cocktail. 🙂 No worries. I like to make the lemonade suitable for all day sipping and kids to enjoy, but a nice shot of rum into my glass in the evening makes this lemonade even better for the adults in the family to kick back and relax with a nice drink after work.
– Happy drinking, Annemarie
- 1/2 cup mint leaves
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 tbsp lemon juice, about 3 lemons
- 4 cups chopped watermelon
- 2-3 cups ice
- 3/4 cup (6 oz) rum, optional
- To make the mint syrup, combine the mint, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 2 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and let it cool to room temperature.
- Make the lemonade. Add the lemon juice into a 2 cup measure. Add the mint syrup and enough water to reach the 2 cup mark. Then pour the lemonade into a pitcher.
- Put the chopped watermelon into the blender and blend until smooth. Strain the watermelon in the fine mesh sieve into the pitcher with the lemonade. Add the ice and stir to combine.
- Drink the watermelon mint lemonade as is, or add rum for a spiked lemonade. Alternatively, add 1 1/2 oz of rum to each glass of lemonade you wish to spike.
I prefer using seeded watermelons to seedless. You will need to scoop out as many of the mature seeds as possible to make blending easier, but the flavor is much more intense.
And, yes, strain 'seedless' watermelons. They still have seeds; they are just immature seeds.