Watermelon Lemonade

by Amy on 28 April 2013

Watermelon Lemonade

Today, i’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

I was assigned The Healthy Beehive, a wonderful blog full of healthy recipes featuring whole/real ingredients. Amongst the tons of fab recipes, the warm, sunny weather in Nashville made me gravitate towards her awesome-sounding Watermelon Lemonade! I made a few changes, omitting the mint (my husband isn’t a huge fan) + using simple syrup to sweeten it rather than honey. And oh my, it was SO good! Refreshing + crisp, with a perfect balance of sweet/tart flavors. While fantastic as-is, it would also make a great cocktail by adding a splash of vodka or sparkling wine!

Thank you to Jane for introducing me to this fabulous lemonade, + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes!

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

serves about 8, adapted from The Healthy Beehive + Bon Appetit


8 cups 1-inch cubes of seedless watermelon (from about a 4 1/2 pound watermelon)
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (roughly 8 lemons)
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup granulated white sugar

for serving: ice cubes or frozen watermelon cubes
lemon wedges + watermelon wedges for garnish


working in 2 batches, blend watermelon + lemon juice in food processor or blender until smooth. pass through a wire sieve to remove any thick pulp/seeds. transfer to pitcher.

bring 3 1/2 cups water + sugar to boil in medium saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. add hot syrup to pitcher with watermelon-lemon juice. refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

fill glasses with ice (or frozen watermelon cubes). pour Watermelon Lemonade over + garnish glasses with lemon wedges +/or watermelon wedges.

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{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 29, 2013 at 1:02 am

What a great twist on lemonade and the color is so pretty.

2 Beth April 29, 2013 at 6:00 am

What a beautiful drink! If the taste is as good as the presentation, it’s a real winner!

3 Renee {Eat.Live.Blog.} April 29, 2013 at 6:50 am

This sounds so refreshing! I can’t wait until the weather in Boston is warm enough to try this!

4 Tracey April 29, 2013 at 7:24 am

This looks SO refreshing! Such a pretty summer drink too, I love it! I can never get enough watermelon :)

5 danielle April 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

Sounds so refreshing!

6 sarah k @ the pajama chef April 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

oh goodness- sounds like a must try recipe! delicious & refreshing lemonade is perfect for summer!

7 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

Oh yum those sounds excellent! Would’ve loved to have one while sitting on my porch over the weekend.

8 claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 29, 2013 at 9:25 am

oh gosh i just love this take!!

9 Lindsay (life and kitchen) April 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

I love making watermelon lemonade! And I actually leave the pulp in… yum!

10 amy April 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

I actually thought about leaving the pulp in, too, for both additional texture + nutrients, but in the end I stuck with the recipe’s recommendation to strain it. I’ll have to try it with pulp next time I see which version I like better!

11 shari@myjudythefoodie April 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

OMG – this looks so refreshing. I’m adding this to the Must Make for summer list. Thanks for sharing. Fellow Group D Member

12 angela@spinachtiger April 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

A charming drink! I might even spike this one.

13 amy April 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

I think it would be awesome spiked, either with some vodka or sparkling wine. YUM!

14 amanda April 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

this looks delicious! it’s the perfect drink for a spring or summer event – wedding or baby shower, etc. in fact, it may make a Mothers’ Day brunch appearance.

15 Nik@ABrownTable April 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm

This looks absolutely delicious and refreshing!

16 Rebekah @ Making Miracles April 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm

That is just gorgeous and looks PERFECT for summery weather!!

17 Megan April 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Wow this sounds really refreshing!

18 dixya| Food, Pleasure, and Health April 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

this is a MUST for summer :)

19 katie April 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

What a refreshing drink, I think it would be made even better with vodka. Yum.

20 Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) April 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I really need to get a watermelon now. Oh my goodness this looks delicious!!

21 Karen April 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm

What a FABULOUS SRC pick and such lovely photos too! Karen

22 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel April 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I just got a ton of fresh lemons from a friend’s tree… I’ll definitely be trying this!! Yum!

23 Jane April 29, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Thanks! I thought this was such a fun twist on lemonade!

24 amy April 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm

It was, Jane! Thanks so much for the awesome inspiration. =)

25 ashley - baker by nature April 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I love that this is not only super refreshing, but pretty too!

26 Fran@fransfavs.com April 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I love watermelon. I love lemonade. How perfect is this recipe? Great SRC pick!

27 avril April 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Gorgeous Amy! Completely gorgeous and refrrrrreshing!!! :-)

28 sara April 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

YUM! What gorgeous color! Looks so delicious and perfect for summer.

29 Adri April 30, 2013 at 1:22 am

What a fun idea! The Watermelon Lemonade sounds fabulous. I must try it! Thanks.

30 Jennie @themessybakerblog April 30, 2013 at 7:12 am

This looks so refreshing. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Yum!

31 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction April 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

This sounds perfectly refreshing! Perfect for summer!

32 kelsey @ k&k test kitchen April 30, 2013 at 9:46 am

Ooh, this is so pretty and sounds so refreshing!! Always fun to find new summery drinks :) Great choice for SRC!

33 Anna (Hidden Ponies) April 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

What a perfect summertime drink! Your photos are so gorgeous, what awesome colours.

34 Monet April 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Ah! What a lovely and refreshing drink! I love watermelon, and I’m so glad that it’s going to be in season all summer long. Thank you for sharing, my friend!

35 Choc Chip Uru April 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Your lemonade looks divine my friend, so refreshingly tasty :)

Choc Chip Uru

36 Jeff April 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Now there is a drink to enjoy on the back deck! I’d almost want to keep the pulp inside, but I bet that would ruin the refreshing nature of it. Great job!

37 Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen April 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

This post is making me excited about the warmer weather we have been having lately! Looks really refreshing and yummy!

38 Blond Duck April 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Perfect for summer!

39 Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry May 1, 2013 at 1:06 am

Ohh watermelon lemonade sounds super refreshing! Once it hovers above forty degrees in Seattle, I’ll have to make this.

40 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Oh my goodness! I could see myself guzzling gallons of this beautiful drink, Amy! Definitely pinning for the sticky hot summer ahead!

41 Lesley Eats May 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Can’t go wrong with any kind of flavored lemonade! Well, maybe not jalapeno lemonade (though someone would like it). We should have a challenge to see how many different (and good) lemonades we can create this summer!

42 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) May 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

That looks so delicious! Totally refreshing, too.

43 TRACY | Peanut Butter and Oninon May 1, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I am sooooo thirsty right now

44 JJ - 84thand3rd May 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Gorgeous and so summery! Lovely choice – so glad to have discovered your blog as my SRC assignment this month :)

45 Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up May 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm

This sounds sooo refreshing. I think I could drink a whole pitcher of this stuff!

46 Amy (Savory Moments) May 2, 2013 at 5:49 am

Yum – what a delightful and refreshing twist on lemonade for a hot summer day!

47 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) May 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

A splash of vodka and I’m all set! :-)

48 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

Fun secret club 😉 Love this refreshing watermelon lemonade my friend!

49 Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen May 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Oh Amy this looks so tasty and refreshing!

50 kirstin May 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Oh my goodness! This looks amazing. Going to try it.

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