Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade is my go-to drink to stay cool all summer long and what perfect day to share than none other but National Watermelon Day!!
We are bona-fide watermelon addicts in my house. Especially my 6 year old. She can’t get enough. I think if I let her she would eat an entire watermelon in one siting. And not a tiny one either. A big one that weighs as much as she does.
We spend a lot of time outside during the summer here in Vegas, even in the 100+ heat. Swimming, playing tennis, hiking etc. and we need to stay hydrated. Water is a first choice of course, but second is always watermelon in various forms. As is, in watermelon lemonade version and popsicle version too. Anyway we can get watermelon we are all about it. I even make it into ‘Otai, a Tongan watermelon drink. Because watermelon and coconut are an amazing combination.
I had never seen yellow watermelon until last year. I happened upon them at Trader Joe’s and got the last two they had. Its a very short season for the yellow, at least here in Las Vegas it is, so when I see them I always grab a few. If you can’t find the yellow you can always use all red for this lemonade or even sub in another melon such as honeydew or cantaloupe. I have made watermelon lemonade with other melons in the mix before and it has been so refreshing and delicious then too.
I have also made watermelon-pineapple lemonade before too. Since I have had a lifelong love affair with pineapples, I try to add it into anything I can. Where it will taste good of course. So this recipe is more of a starting off point than a final recipe. You can make as is or customize it to any way to you want. Double the batch for popsicles too.
Speaking of pineapples. I found out yesterday that you can bring home any pineapples you want from Hawaii. Not just the ones that you buy at the airport prepackaged and agriculture inspected and approved already. I am talking about any you get at the farmers markets, grocery stores, farm tours etc. This is such a game changer for me! They will still get inspected at the aiport agricultural inspection stop, so plan on a few extra minutes for that. But for the most part as long as its a fresh clean pineapple, you can bring it home. My next Hawaii trip I will be bringing an empty suitcase, just for those glorious Kauai Sugarloaf pineapples. They are amazing.
When I was making these lemonades my kids were having fun sneaking off with the melon balls I made for garnish. They were mind blown that I could make them and they wanted to have the “fancy toothpicks” to eat them with so they could, well, be fancy. My kids are hilarious.
If you have good luck and can still find yellow watermelon in stores or farmers markets then you are in for a treat! If not, the red is still just as amazing and refreshing and remember to look earlier next year for the yellow.
Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade
Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade www.pineappleandcoconut.com #nationalwatermelonday Makes about 3 quarts 5 min cook time for simple syrup 3-4 hours for chilling
- 8-10 cups chopped watermelon ( all red, or half yellow, half red and keep the two separated)
- 1 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup simple syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup organic sugar - simmered until sugar is dissolved, chill completely before use)
- sparkling water
- optional - watermelon balls and fresh mint for garnish
- Using a blender or food processor puree the melon in batches with some of the lemon juice and simple syrup, using even amounts of each ingredient each time. Combine it all together once blended in a large 3 qt pitcher ( Or several large mason jars) and chill at least 3-4 hours.
- When ready to serve, fill large glasses with ice and then halfway with the watermelon lemonade. Top with sparkling water and stir. Serve.
For the lemon juice for this recipe I used regular lemons. You could substitute Meyer lemons or even do half lemon and half lime. Like I said earlier this recipe really is customizable. Its even good with rum!!
Enjoy this refreshing sparkling watermelon lemonade and have a happy National Watermelon Day!