Having had multiple consecutive 90 to 100 degree days, I've been looking for a refreshing drink that I'd be able to enjoy on our newly rebuilt deck. This was fairly quick to make up, with the assistance of a food processor, and was a nice change from a regular lemonade. With watermelon being plentiful during the summer, I encourage you all make a pitcher to enjoy!
WATERMELON LEMONADE (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
Makes 1 gallon
2 cups lemon juice
4 cups fresh watermelon puree, strained through a coarse strainer to remove seeds & large pieces of pulp
1 1/2 -2 cups simple syrup (Adjust to desired sweetness)*
6 cups cold water
Stir it all together and serve over ice. Add a few ounces of sparkling water (we used lemon flavored) to add a bit of fizz just before serving.
* SIMPLE SYRUP: Simmer one part water with one part sugar until sugar has dissolved. Let cool. (I used about 1 1/4 cups of sugar & water, and had about 2 cups when the syrup was done).