14 07 2008


Originally uploaded by maryagon

The boyfriend got me a cute vintage bike for our one year anniversary, so I’ve been riding it around the neighborhood. Luckily for me, my grocery store is only two miles from my house, so yesterday evening I biked down to pick up a few things. I got a nice, small watermelon that I was looking forward to enjoying that week.

But when I got back to my apartment, I was pretty much dying of thirst (it was warm, and I’m a little out of shape). I remembered I saw a recipe for a delicious and refreshing sounding watermelonade on epicurious, so I decided to make that instead of eating it whole.

Watermelonade (makes 4 cups)

  • 1 small seedless watermelon
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  1. Cut the watermelon into small chunks.  Puree in a blender or a food processor.
  2. Place a mesh strainer over a measuring cup and pour the puree through it.  I pressed the puree a bit with the back of a soup ladle to get the most juice out, but that made the watermelonade a bit pulpy.  I ended up straining it twice.
  3. Pour the strained juice into a container and add the sugar and lemon juice.  Mix well.  Serve over ice.

The end result was indeed very refreshing.  This would be a great picnic drink – easy to make, and good for you!  (The watermelon is 92% water by weight, and a great source of vitamins A and C!)  This is making me think of what other fruits I can make into “-ades”…

ETA:  I just tried it with some club soda – very yummy!  This combo is a little less sweet and by adding club soda, it will make your batch last longer!