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Easy Homemade Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

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This Watermelon lemonade recipe is a delicious and most refreshing drink made from a blend of fresh watermelon juice and lemonade. It’s a most refreshing summer drink that combines the sweetness of watermelon with the tartness of lemonade. Learn how to make watermelon lemonade with a few simple ingredients.

A glass of watermelon Lemonade with ice and garnished with a watermelon wedge.

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This thirst-quenching drink combines the sweetness of watermelon with the tartness of lemonade, resulting in a delicious and satisfying beverage that is perfect on a hot summer day, summer barbecues, or any time you want a refreshing and tasty drink. Try making it at home for a delicious summer drink based on classic lemonade!

If you enjoy lemonade recipe, try my jalapeno cucumber lemonade, it is spicy and thirst quenching. Or try out this strawberry tea, for a sweet tea.

Looking for more watermelon ideas? Check out these 40+ Easy Watermelon Recipes You’ll LOVE!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Sweet and Tangy: The combination of sweet watermelon juice and tangy lemonade creates a balanced and flavorful drink that is perfect for quenching thirst on hot days.
  • Hydrating: Watermelon is also known for its hydrating properties, making it an excellent choice for a refreshing summer drink.
  • Fresh Watermelon: You will use fresh watermelon that is ripe and fresh and bursting with sweetness.
  • Customize: Customize your lemonade with your favorite flavors to create a variety of flavors to enhance your drink.

What’s in This Watermelon Lemonade Recipe?

Watermelon, water, white sugar, and lemon on a white countertop.
  • Water: We use filtered cold water as the base for our lemonade, ensuring a pure, clean taste that complements the other flavors.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar sweetens the lemonade, dissolving into the water to create a smooth sweetness that balances the tart lemon juice and enhances the natural sweetness of the watermelon.
  • Ripe Watermelon: The star of this easy lemonade recipe, de-seeded and cubed watermelon, provides a refreshing and juicy sweetness, making this drink perfect for summer. Its vibrant color also contributes to the lemonade’s appealing appearance.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a zesty, tangy flavor that perfectly contrasts the sweetness of the flavorful watermelon and sugar, rounding out the flavor profile of this refreshing summer beverage.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Add herbs: For a unique and refreshing twist, try adding fresh herbs like mint, basil, or rosemary to your watermelon lemonade.
  • Use different sweeteners: Experiment with different sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup to give your lemonade a different taste.
  • Make it a cocktail: To transform your fresh watermelon lemonade recipe into a delicious summer cocktail, add a splash of vodka or rum to make it an adult drink to enjoy.
  • Add another fruit juice: To give your watermelon lemonade a more complex flavor, try adding juice from other fresh fruits such as orange, grapefruit, or pineapple.
  • Make it a slushie: Freeze your watermelon lemonade in an ice cube tray, and then blend the watermelon ice cubes with a little extra watermelon juice for a delicious watermelon slushie.
  • Make it a sparkling drink: Add sparkling water or soda to your watermelon lemonade to make it fizzy and refreshing.
  • Use different citrus juices: Try using lime or grapefruit juice instead of lemon juice for a different taste.

How to Make Watermelon Lemonade Drink (step-by-step directions)

Collage of creating watermelon lemonade.
  1. Bring sugar and water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat, then reduce by half. (Photo 1)
  2. Remove the sugar water from the heat and cool. (Photo 2)
  3. Puree the seedless watermelon chunks in a blender until smooth. (Photo 3)
  4. Strain the watermelon juice through a fine mesh strainer, discarding seeds and pulp. (Photo 4)
Collage of adding ingredients for Watermelon Lemonade in a glass pitcher.
  1. Add 3 cups of watermelon puree to a pitcher. (Photo 5)
  2. Mix in the sugar water with a large spoon and then add lemon juice. (Photo 6)
  3. Taste and adjust if necessary, then serve with ice and a watermelon wedge garnish. (Photos 7 & 8)
Watermelon wedge on a glass of watermelon lemonade.

Recipe Tips

  • Chill Your Ingredients: For the best refreshing taste, ensure all your ingredients, especially the watermelon and lemon juice, are chilled before mixing.
  • Adjust Sweetness to Taste: After mixing all ingredients, taste your lemonade and adjust the sugar level if necessary. Everyone’s sweetness preference varies, and the sweetness of your watermelon can affect the final taste.
  • Use a High-Powered Blender: To get the smoothest watermelon juice, use a high-powered blender that can easily handle the watermelon’s fibrous texture.
  • Experiment with Ice Cube Flavors: Instead of regular ice cubes, freeze some watermelon juice or lemonade into ice cubes for an extra flavor boost that won’t dilute your drink as it  melts.
  • Serve Immediately: This drink is best served fresh. However, if you need to make it in advance, mix all the ingredients except the ice, and keep it chilled in the refrigerator. Add ice just before serving to keep it cool and refreshing without dilution.
  • Garnish Creatively: Aside from a watermelon wedge, garnishes such as lemon slices, fresh mint sprigs, or edible flowers can add a visually appealing touch to your perfect summer drink.

Storing Tips 

Leftover lemonade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To store it, transfer the lemonade to an airtight container or large pitcher and place it in the refrigerator.

Before storing, make sure the lemonade has cooled to room temperature. If you need to cool it quickly, add ice cubes to the pitcher and place it in the refrigerator.

Freezing

If you want to store the lemonade for longer, you can freeze it in ice cube trays or freezer-safe containers. When you’re ready to drink it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

Keep in mind that freezing and thawing may affect the texture of the lemonade, but the refreshing flavor should remain intact.

Ice floating in a glass of watermelon lemonade.

Serving Suggestions

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a different type of lemonade for watermelon lemonade?

Yes, you can use different types of lemonade to make watermelon lemonade, including homemade or store-bought lemonade. You can also experiment with different citrus juices, such as lime or grapefruit, for a different taste.

Can I add alcohol to watermelon lemonade?

Yes, you can add alcohol to this delicious lemonade recipe to make it a refreshing summer cocktail. Vodka or rum are popular choices that pair well with the fruity flavors of watermelon and lemonade.

Can I make watermelon lemonade without a blender?

If you don’t have a blender, you can mash the watermelon with a fork or potato masher and then strain the juice through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any seeds or thick pieces of watermelon.

How can I adjust the sweetness of watermelon lemonade?

You can adjust the sweetness of watermelon lemonade by adding more or less sugar to the sugar syrup or by using a different sweetener, such as honey or agave nectar. You can also add more or less lemon juice to adjust the tartness of the drink.

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Glass of watermelon Lemonade with a watermelon wedge garnish.
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Easy Homemade Watermelon Lemonade Recipe


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
This thirst-quenching watermelon lemonade recipe combines the sweetness of watermelon with the tartness of lemonade, resulting in a delicious and satisfying beverage that is perfect for hot days or any time you want a refreshing and tasty drink. Try making it at home for a delicious twist on traditional lemonade!

Ingredients 

  • 3 ½ cups (828 ml) Water
  • ½ cup (100 g) White Sugar
  • 7 cups (1 kg) Cubed Watermelon approximately 1 seedless or 1/2 normal watermelon
  • ½ cup (118 2/7 ml) Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • Bring sugar and water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat, then reduce by half.
    3 ½ cups Water,½ cup White Sugar
  • Remove the sugar water from the heat and cool.
  • Puree the seedless watermelon chunks in a blender until smooth.
    7 cups Cubed Watermelon
  • Strain the watermelon juice through a fine mesh strainer, discarding seeds and pulp.
  • Add 3 cups of watermelon puree to a pitcher.
  • Mix in the sugar water with a large spoon and then add lemon juice.
    ½ cup Lemon Juice
  • Taste and adjust if necessary, then serve with ice and a watermelon wedge garnish.

Notes

  • Chill Your Ingredients: For the best refreshing taste, ensure all your ingredients, especially the watermelon and lemon juice, are chilled before mixing.
  • Adjust Sweetness to Taste: After mixing all ingredients, taste your lemonade and adjust the sugar level if necessary. Everyone’s sweetness preference varies, and the sweetness of your watermelon can affect the final taste.
  • Use a High-Powered Blender: To get the smoothest watermelon juice, use a high-powered blender that can easily handle the watermelon’s fibrous texture.
  • Experiment with Ice Cube Flavors: Instead of regular ice cubes, freeze some watermelon juice or lemonade into ice cubes for an extra flavor boost that won’t dilute your drink as it melts.
  • Serve Immediately: This drink is best served fresh. However, if you need to make it in advance, mix all the ingredients except the ice and keep it chilled in the refrigerator. Add ice just before serving to keep it cool and refreshing without dilution.
  • Garnish Creatively: Aside from a watermelon wedge, garnishes such as lemon slices, fresh mint sprigs, or edible flowers can add a visually appealing touch to your perfect summer drink.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 73kcal (4%) Carbohydrates: 19g (6%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: 0.02g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g Sodium: 5mg Potassium: 132mg (4%) Fiber: 0.5g (2%) Sugar: 17g (19%) Vitamin A: 606IU (12%) Vitamin C: 13mg (16%) Calcium: 11mg (1%) Iron: 0.3mg (2%)

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  1. Water melonade! Really, this has to be the perfect mix of flavors and refreshment. Ideal for the heat of summer. For which, by the way, I can’t wait!

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