I’m good at making lemonade from lemons. Factually and metaphorically. So I decided to write a recipe for melon lemonade because it seems like a delicious thing to do. My family really enjoys this watermelon lemonade recipe, I hope you do too.
Do you have lots of watermelon around and simply don’t know what to do with it? That’s where this watermelon lemonade comes in. You could use any melons that you like of course.
But there’s something about summer and summertime that just screams watermelon. Along with the watermelon I added some basil. I’m a huge fan of adding fresh herbs to beverages and this easy watermelon lemonade recipe is no different.
Of course, basil has a ton a health benefits along with anti-inflammatory benefits so there’s that benefit too.
Just imagine yourself sipping on this fruity lemonade on a hot day. There’s nothing like it. If you want to try another spin on lemonade, you could also try my blueberry thyme lemonade too which has a raging fan club of it’s own.
I like the flavor of a little vanilla extract (not vanilla essence) in lemonade, so I added some here.
To sweeten, I used good old organic cane sugar. But, here’s the thing…you don’t have to use sugar in the lemonade if you want to.
I imagine that agave syrup or monk fruit sweetener would work as well. This may be good substitutions if you’re diabetic or just trying to cut back on the white stuff. So adjust it to your taste.
How to Store Fresh Summertime Lemonade
When it comes to storing melon lemonade, it’s really important that you store the lemonade in the fridge. Use a lidded glass picture so that other flavors from the fridge or any plastic don’t mix into the juice.
I found this glass pitcher with a stainless steel lid that works great. It also works like a charm, if you have any leftover seeds that were missed while you were juicing.
You’ll find that this watermelon lemonade tastes best when enjoyed within 1-2 two days.
By day three, there may be a bit of a bitter flavor from the lemon rind and the basil going on. Not that the lemonade would actually last this long at all. But just in case, please enjoy it by then.
- 2 cups watermelon-seedless ( rinds removed & chopped)
- juice of 5-6 large lemons
- 2 cups water (1 cup reserved for simple syrup)
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped basil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Juice watermelon in a blender.
- In a small saucepan heat water, sugar and basil on medium low heat to make simple syrup.
- Allow to dissolve for about 5 minutes while stirring consistently.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- To pitcher add juice of watermelon, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
- Stir until combined.
- Serve over ice.
- Garnish with slices of fresh watermelon and/or lemon wedges..
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Original: September 2, 2020
Updated: May 23, 2021