This recipe is the perfect example of why baking projects like Project Pastry Queen are so fun – I wouldn’t have ever made this recipe on my own. When it gets hot, my beverage of choice is usually an ice cold beer or a margarita. Alcohol aside, lemonade is next on that list. I don’t have to tell you how refreshing a frosty glass of Watermelon Lemonade was on an evening that saw the thermometer hit 101 with a “feels like” of 109.
It’s completely refreshing and my favorite non-margarita to drink on a hot day. I’ve made several pitchers. Some with tequila. Some with vodka. Some with just watermelon – it’s great and can be adjusted to suit your taste.
Thanks to Ashley for picking such a Southeast Texas-appropriate recipe! Check out the Watermelon Lemonade from rest of the Project Pastry Queen members and stay tuned next week for a summery twist on one of my all-time favorite Pastry Queen recipes: Rather Rich Corn Muffins.
A perfectly refreshing summer drink with watermelon, citrus, and the optional shot of vodka or tequila.
- 4 cups water, divided
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (10-12 limes)
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 2 cups diced watermelon
- Mixed fruit of your choice, or use more watermelon
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 1 lime, sliced into rounds
- 1 lemon sliced into rounds
- 1/2 cup (or more) vodka or tequila (optional)
- Combine 2 cups water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high and heat until sugar is dissolved and clear.
- Let simple syrup cool or put in an ice bath/fridge/freezer to expedite cooling to use right away.
- Add watermelon, lemon juice, lime juice, and 2 cups water in a large pitcher
- Add the ice cubes, diced watermelon, remaining fruit, and alcohol, if using.
- Add simple syrup to taste (and additional water if too tart). Stir well and chill until icy cold.
- Store any leftover simple syrup in a jar in the fridge.
Yields: 12 servings
Estimated time: 20 minutes