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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fresh Lemonade with Watermelon Ice

Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than a tall glass of sweet, delicious lemonade?  THis classic recipe is easy to make (you can even skip the step that requires heating the sugar if you are short on time - simply stir the sugar into the water until it dissolves).

Using frozen watermelon instead of ice cubes keeps the lemonade from getting watered down.  And you get the added benefit of eating the watermelon when you are done... infused with lemon-y goodness!

We've got a dwarf Meyer lemon tree.  Meyer lemons are naturally a bit sweeter and have a strong, almost herbal fragrance.  We use those when making our lemonade, but any fresh lemons will be fine.

Fresh Lemonade with Watermelon Ice

by Susan Zentmyer
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus 2 hours for freezing
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 2 cups watermelon cubes
  • Put the watermelon into gallon-sized plastic freezer bags so that the watermelon is in a single layer. Lay the bags flat in the freezer, and freeze until frozen through, about 2 - 4 hours.
  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
  • Serve in tall glasses, with several frozen watermelon cubes.
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  1. I love the idea of watermelon ice... it would be good in so many things! I'm going to make some!

  2. Oh yumm! We did something a bit similar this weekend - we mixed the watermelon with lemonade concentrate, froze that into cubes then added to water - just to give a hint of flavor. As good as that was, I bet this was better!

  3. What a great idea, have a huge watermelon on the counter right now. Followed you here from Wake up Wednesdays.

  4. Thank you for sharing this post over at Wake Up Wednesday! I love it! I've shared it on my blog today in a round up of my favorites from this week!