We recently saw an advertisement for a fast food restaurant’s Watermelon Mint Lemonade and could not get it out of our heads. It sounded so delicious! Not to mention refreshing, for these hot and humid Florida summer days.
I didn’t want to go get the drink from the restaurant for two reasons. The first being, that while I don’t want to demonize any food (including sugar), I knew this drink probably had FAR more sugar than I’d find appealing from a taste and health standpoint. I’d rather have my sugar in chocolate or dessert form, ya know? 😉 Second, I knew I had watermelon, lemons, and mint right here at home.
So, I decided to go the “don’t go outside in the heat” route and quickly throw together my own version of Watermelon Mint Lemonade at home. The result? No added sugar, plenty sweet, and perfectly refreshing.
Now, you know how a bunch of juice accumulates in the bottom of a bowl of watermelon? You can totally use that in this drink. Or you can use whole watermelon pieces, since you’re going to be blending and straining the beverage anyway. Or if you happen to have a bottle of store-bought watermelon juice in your fridge, you can use that, too!
I prefer to blend the drink together to get the mint flavor dispersed through the whole beverage. If you have a little more time, you could also just smash or tear the mint leaves and allow them to soak in the watermelon lemonade, too.
Also? This makes a fantastic sparkling beverage with the addition of sparkling water. Of course you can always take it up a notch into the land of adult beverages by adding champagne or Prosecco. You also could add chilled rose wine for a pink Watermelon Mint Lemonade Sangria. No matter the occasion, as always, have fun with it!
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
- 1 cup watermelon juice OR 1 1/2 cups watermelon pieces
- Juice from 1 large lemon
- 4 mint leaves
- Optional additions: sparkling water sparkling wine or champagne, rose wine
- Optional garnishes: lemon slices fresh mint sprigs, watermelon cubes (chilled or frozen)
Blend watermelon juice or pieces, lemon juice, and mint in a blender for 1-2 minutes.
Strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove any mint pieces or watermelon fibers.
Garnishing/ serving ideas: Serve juice over ice (can substitute frozen watermelon pieces for ice) with lemon wedges and fresh mint.
You can also top with sparkling water, sparkling wine or champagne, or a rose wine for a mocktail or cocktail version.