If you follow me on Instagram you should know that I am beyond obsessed with all things watermelon. It started with watermelon margaritas and has since morphed into this Watermelon Mint Lemonade. Making the watermelon juice for both is just a normal weekend task for me now. The great thing about making watermelon juice is that it is ok if the watermelon you buy isn’t crisp on the inside and it’s soggy city. No one likes the soggy watermelon but this lemonade is the perfect way to turn a disappointing watermelon into a refreshing summer drink.
can you juice a watermelon?
Heck yes, you can juice a watermelon. And it’s so easy. Discard that hard shell, cube the watermelon and throw it into that blender. It only needs about 1 minute in the blender until the consistency is spot on. Start with the blender on low to break up the watermelon and then blend it for 30 seconds on high. I suggest still straining it after the blending process. I found that there was still a bit of the watermelon “meal” leftover. But if that doesn’t faze you, you can just skip the straining process and make this watermelon mint lemonade as is.
how long does fresh lemonade last?
Because we are using fresh watermelon, mint and lime I find that this lemonade is best enjoyed within 3 days. I think it’s best fresh, as most things are. It must be stored in the fridge, because who likes room temperature lemonade? (only weirdos, right?). But it does need a good little shake before you pour it out as the mixture does separate a little after sitting.
This watermelon mocktail is easy to make ahead of time so it’s ready to chug when that summer heat hits you hard. Leave it in the fridge and it will be nice and chilly to cool you down. If you are short on time, make this watermelon mint lemonade fresh and then shake it with ice in a jar (with a lid) for 30 seconds and it will be cold! Store it or keep this watermelon drink fresh- both are lovely and refreshing options.
here are a few reasons why I love this Watermelon Mint Lemonade, so listen up!
- Any excuse to eat/drink watermelon and I’m all over it. My obsession is real, and yours should be too.
- This watermelon drink recipe is ALMOST all naturally sweetened. I added 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup just to sweetened it perfectly, but other than that the watermelon sweetens this summer drink all on its own. It’s not loaded with a bunch of weird sweeteners like a lot of the lemonades you buy at the store. This one uses normal ingredients and I’m a big fan of that.
- What does the Picky Husband have to say? He loves this watermelon mint lemonade. I got him on board with the watermelon margaritas and now we typically have a competitive game of scrabble while sipping margaritas. But you can’t have margaritas all the time so he was just as pleased as me with this watermelon mocktail. He finds it cooling, perfectly sweet and very easy to throw down the hatchet. He also suggested adding a splash of sparkling water to it, and it was amazing, so I highly recommend that if you are into all things bubbly.
- 5 ingredients, friends. Grab that fresh mint from the garden, the lemons from the shelf and get slicing that watermelon. All clean and delicious ingredients are used in this watermelon drink and we should all be cheers-ing to that.
Well my summer slingers, if you are a watermelon fan (like myself), and you like naturally sweetened refreshments this lemonade is perfect for you. It’s picky husband approved and needs to be your new summer drink. And I don’t think you’d be breaking any rules if you decide to change this watermelon mocktail into a full-on cocktail. I mean you gotta live a little right?! Cheers to glorious watermelon and all the fun ways we can enjoy it.
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
- 1 1/2 cups watermelon juice (roughly 1/2 mini watermelon or 3-4 cups of chopped watermelon)
- 1 cup filtered water
- 2 lemons, juiced (or 1/2 cup lemon juice)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- Chop your watermelon into cubes and measure out 3-4 cups of the watermelon. Add the watermelon to a blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Using a mesh strainer, pour the watermelon juice into the strainer over a liquid measuring cup. Let the liquid drain into the cup, as the strainer removes the watermelon meal.
- The watermelon should produce 1 1/2 cups of juice which is what you need for the recipe. Add the watermelon juice, mint leaves, lemon juice, water and maple syrup to a jar with ice in it. Place a lid on the jar and shake it until the lemonade is cold. Alternatively, you can add the lemonade ingredients to a pitcher and let it sit in the fridge to chill, but the jar and ice will chill it instantly.
- Serves 2. If there are leftovers, store the watermelon mint lemonade in the fridge for a few days. It will separate a little so shake it before enjoying again.