It is finally summer (can I get a round of applause?!) and I just had to celebrate by sharing our family’s favorite cool drink.
A little background: My kids are lemonade junkies. I hate to guess how much they would guzzle in a single sitting if an unlimited supply was made available to them. A few of them would even choose going out for lemonade over going out for ice cream, which at times has made me wonder if they were switched at birth. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great lemonade as well as the next gal, but ice cream is the holy grail of all food-it trumps everything else, every time (can I get an amen?) Then again, take a look at this slushy, ice cold watermelon lemonade and I begin to see their point…
So a few years ago I read a tip somewhere (I wish I could remember where) that if you substitute watermelon juice for the water in lemonade, you won’t have to add as much sugar. Considering our
love obsession for lemonade, I decided to give it a go.
We’ve tweaked this enough times to get the perfect ratio of flavors and slushiness. The watermelon lends a subtle, sweet, mellow flavor which offsets the tart lemon quite nicely, and the crushed ice adds another dimension that fancies it up a bit.
Whether you serve this Iced Watermelon Lemonade to guests, or just whip up a batch for the kids (or yourself) to cool down on a warm summer afternoon, everyone is sure to love this simple drink!
Iced Watermelon Lemonade
*gluten-free *soy-free *egg-free *dairy-free *oat-free *nut-free
- Ice cubes come in all different sizes and shapes. I used a standard ice cube tray filled about 2/3 full. Start with the lower amount of ice and add more if you want your lemonade more slushy.
- When pureeing the watermelon, you can simply blend chunks until smooth and then add the other ingredients. If you want a more clear and smooth drink, use a higher end blender such as Blendtec or Vitamix, or run it through a strainer to remove the pulp.
- Feel free to substitute strawberry puree for some of the watermelon.
- Some like it sweet, some like it tart. Feel free to add more lemon juice or sugar to satisfy your craving!
- Combine all ingredients in blender (I use a Ninja) and blend until all the ice is crushed and mixture is slushy. Taste and add more ice/sugar if desired. Serve immediately.
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