Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Watermelon Meets Lemonaid

This is a fantastic recipe. If you like lemonaid and watermelon - you'll LOVE this! I decided to give this one a try because Spencer is a huge fan of watermelon and I wanted a twist on the classic Lemonaid. We made it the first time and had about 1.5 liters. We tried a second time and doubled the recipe, and then some, and came out with about 3 quarts. I'm going to give you the doubled recipe because really..... it's *THAT* good!!!

First you'll need a watermelon and some lemons....

Then you'll need a cup of sugar and a 1 cup of water. Combine in a sauce pan and slowly bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool...

Next juice your lemons! You will need 1 cup of lemon juice. Now of course you could go out to the store and BUY lemon juice in the bottle - but that's cheating and it's oh so much better if you do it yourself!!!
So here I have my handy dandy little juicer that is perfect for this. Oh and it takes about 6 good sized lemons to make a cup of juice!

Now onto the watermelon... And yes - it was as ripe and juicy as this picture... Please oh please find a watermelon that is THIS good. YUM!!!! It'll be worth it as it'll have much more flavor!! =)

You will need 8 cups of cubed watermelon. Blend 4 cups of watermelon at a time. 4 cups cubed watermelon should equal about 2 cups of juice.

Please don't forget this step unless you like A LOT of pulp in your drinks!!! ;-) You will need to strain the watermelon juice through a pretty fine sieve. Now here is the trick -- strain it TWICE. You will get sooooo much more pulp out. The first time we did it was okay - but we had to drink it through our teeth.. lol straining it twice does the trick!!! Don't leave this step out =)

Combine in a gallon pitcher the sugar syrup mixture that you boiled, 6 cups of cold water, the lemon juice, and watermelon juice that you strained.
The result? - A fantastic 3 liters of Watermelon Lemonaid!!!!

Watermelon Lemonaid
1 Cup sugar
8 Cups Cubed Watermelon (makes about 4 cups of juice)
7 cups water (1 cup used to boil, 6 cups cold water in the end)
1 cup lemon juice

1. Bring the sugar and 1 cup of water to boil until sugar is dissolved; set aside to cool.
2. Put the cubed watermelon in a blender and blend until smooth (about 20 seconds)
3. Strain watermelon juice through a fine sieve TWICE. (Should yield about 4 cups of juice)
4. Mix the sugar syrup you boiled with 6 cups of cold water, lemon juice, and watermelon juice.

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