A refreshing and hydrating summer mocktail made with fresh seasonal ingredients. This sparkling watermelon lemonade is naturally sweetened and flavored with fresh mint.
Watermelon juice is my favorite summer beverage because it’s cheap and easy to make, highly refreshing, and delicious on its own or mixed with other fruits. I like to add a touch of Topo Chico for a fizzy afternoon mocktail or serve it with gin or tequila if I’m craving it. Watermelon lemonade is one of the best uses for watermelon juice and it can be fancied up with fresh herbs or other fruits however you like. Some other tasty watermelon juice add-ins include fresh ginger, lime juice, peaches, strawberries, basil, and cucumber. A large watermelon will yield several quarts of juice which you can enjoy right away or keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Freezing the juice into ice cube trays is also an option.
This is one of those recipes where every ingredient is in the name and the procedure is just as simple. I called this a lemonade because the watermelon juice is naturally sweet and balances the lemon juice, so no simple syrup is required. Simply blend and strain the watermelon juice, add fresh lemon juice and mint, and top it off with your favorite sparkling water.
Sparkling Watermelon Mint Lemonade
A refreshing summer mocktail made with fresh seasonal ingredients. Watermelon juice is hydrating, flavorful, and easy to make. This lemonade is naturally sweetened and flavored with fresh mint.
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 3 cups watermelon juice*
- 1/4 c lemon juice
- handful of mint leaves
- sparkling water of choice
- extra lemon slices and mint leaves to garnish, optional
- Fill 4 tumblers (about pint size) with ice, then use your hands to lightly crush your mint leaves before adding them to the glasses.
- Divide the watermelon juice and lemon juice between each glass and top with sparkling water.
- Garnish with more mint leaves and fresh lemon slices if desired. Enjoy!
- Optional alternative- make the drink in a large pitcher or jar, doubling the recipe if desired, and pour into glasses as desired.
*to make watermelon juice, I simply blend the flesh of a watermelon until smooth and then strain it through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth. store in jars or a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you make and enjoy this recipe. If you do, please tag me on Instagram so we can connect. xo Jillian
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