June 24, 2012

Frozen Watermelon Lemonade

When I posted our Jello Watermelons the other day, I promised an easy recipe for a refreshing drink using the actual watermelon that I scooped out.  Well here it is!  You only need two ingredients (watermelon and lemonade, duh!) and you can whip up just a glass or a whole pitcher.

Here's what you need to do:

1.  Using your favorite lemonade mix, make some double strength lemonade.  (So, if the directions call for 1/4 cup powder, make it 1/2 cup instead but use the same amount of water.  Or if it's frozen concentrate, and it calls for mixing it with 3 cans of water, only use 1 1/2).  Pour your strong lemonade into ice cube trays and freeze.

You'll also need some watermelon, so cut up your watermelon into chunks.  (This is a perfect way to use up some of those end slices or the extra watermelon that you have when you use a melon baller).  You'll want your watermelon chilled, so either keep it refrigerated, or pop it into the freezer for a few minutes if it's room temperature.

2.  Once your lemonade is frozen and your watermelon cut up and chilled, put your watermelon in the blender and blend until liquified.  You'll find that once blended, you have about half as much.  I typically blend up about 4 cups of watermelon at a time and end up with a little more than 2 cups worth of watermelon lemonade.

3.  Now that you have your watermelon all blended, add some lemonade ice cubes and blend some more.   The amount you add is up to you.  The more ice cubes you use, the thicker your frozen drink will be.  I usually add 6-8 and it's drinkable with a straw, 10+ and I can eat it with a spoon.

That's all there is to it!  It's best to drink your frozen lemonade shortly after making it.  The watermelon pulp gets blended in with the frozen lemonade, so it's all nicely mixed together.  However, if you let it settle too long, the pulp will rise to the top and the liquid lemonade will settle to the bottom.   Also, we like the how these have just a hint of the lemonade flavor.  You could also make your lemonade even stronger before freezing if you decide you want more of a lemony taste.

Hope you enjoy it.  We've made it several times already this summer and the kids love it every time.  I love that there's hardly any work to it.  I keep the lemonade ice cubes ready to go in the freezer, so whenever I have some extra watermelon I can whip up a batch in just a few minutes.

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  1. How fun! We are in the middle of a tropical storm right now, I think this might brighten the kids day after a nap. Thanks

  2. Mmm, just made some as a before-bed treat for my boys, and it was delicious!

  3. These sound so easy and yummy. Can't wait to try them.

  4. I love all these watermelon! I can't wait to wait this! I'm so excited! My kis will love it I'm sure!

  5. I love anything with watermelon. Can't wait to try it.

  6. That looks so refreshing! Would love for you to share at the Pomp Party!


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  7. Oh yes...this is being added to the 4th of July party menu! We're in the middle of a heat wave and this will be the perfect cool down! :) Hope you're having a fabulous holiday week!!

  8. Your post sounds so yummy. I've been using watermellon and frozen strawberrys, adding a little sprite or squirt. So yummy and refreshing!

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  10. Yummy!!! I heart watermelon and what a better way than to pair it with lemonade:) I'm pinning this to try for later:)

  11. It' so easy. Thank you for sharing :3 Waterlemon juice with lemon is the easiest
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  13. Cool! I think it will be the best dessert of the summer! I love watermelon! Also, I'm trying to get on the track of healthy nutrition and plant some fresh greens and melons in my country yard. There is a list of the 9 best wheatgrass juicers that I want to fulfil for trials and later reviews. Do you have any clues based on your own experience? Thanks in advance, cheers!)

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