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Watermelon Mint Lemonade

This refreshing summer drink will ward off the heat with the bright combination of watermelon, mint, and lemons.
Servings: 6
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef

Ingredients

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 10 cups seedless watermelon, cubed in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup loosely packed mint leaves
  • lemon slices, for serving
  • fresh mint sprigs, for serving

Instructions

  • Make a simple syrup by combining ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water in a small pan over medium-high heat. Heat the liquid just until the sugar is complete dissolved, 5-6 minutes. Set the simple syrup aside to cool.
  • Pulse the watermelon in a blender until smooth. (You may need to do this in 2 batches.) Strain the pureed watermelon through a fine mesh collander into a large bowl. Discard the pulp and rinse the blender container out with water.
  • Return the watermelon liquid to the blender. Add the lemon juice and mint and blend until the mint is very finely chopped. Transfer the Watermelon Mint Lemonade to a juice pitcher. Slowly adjust for your desired sweetness by adding simple syrup to the lemonade. (I found that I needed only about half of the simple syrup, but depending on the sweetness of your watermelon, this may vary.)
  • Chill until serving. Serve over ice, with lemon slices and fresh mint as a garnish.