It doesn't matter if it's summer or spring or anytime the weather is warm (which seems like pretty much the whole year in Texas), when it's toasty outside, I immediately crave some sort of ice cold fruit drink. Not gonna lie, usually a Sonic slushy sounds amazing, but I think I've found a pretty great (and healthier) alternative.
Watermelon is one of my favorite things about summer. I remember diving face first into a huge slice of watermelon, not caring that juices were dribbling down my cheeks. Watermelon is all the good summer vibes. This drink is a mixture of watermelon puree, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup - AKA: Summer in a glass. You can also add a splash of vodka to spice this drink up a bit! Scroll down for the full recipe!
WATERMELON LEMONADE WITH MINT SIMPLE SYRUP
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 3-4 sprigs of mint
- 4 cups chopped watermelon
- 6 lemons
- In a small saucepan, bring one cup of water and sugar to a boil. Stir occasionally to make sure the sugar melts. When it boils, add mint springs and remove from heat. Let steep for 30 minutes.
- Juice your lemons and strain to get rid of any pulp or seeds
- Puree the watermelon in a food processor or blender.
- Pour a little bit of watermelon puree into an ice cube tray to freeze for serving.
- Strain the mint simple syrup in a pitcher. Add lemon juice and watermelon puree.
- Pour in the rest of the water (about 4 cups) and stir to combine.
- To serve, place a puree ice cube in the bottom of a glass, pour lemonade over ice cube and add a sprig of mint for garnish.
NOTE: you can make this a boozy drink by adding 1 oz of vodka to 4 oz of watermelon lemonade.