The official first day of Summer is June 21st, but I feel the real start is on the weekend of Memorial Day. Families gather for picnics and BBQ’s, and head outdoors for remembrances, parades and camping trips. The weather is inconsequential; rain or shine, it doesn’t matter. We will trek outdoors to enjoy the parade, pitch our tents to sleep under the stars, or fire up the grill. Memorial Day weekend also happens to be my first official day of making Watermelon Lemonade for the year: summertime in all it’s icy cold perfection!
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent
It doesn’t matter what Season I find myself in, I will swear up and down it is my favorite. Summertime is no exception! The weather is perfect for outdoor activities and a great time for a little fun in the sun. Tim and I love having friends over and our BBQ rarely cools down. Memorial Day was the first grill of the year and I had some of the tastiest “Fall off the Bone Ribs” I have ever eaten (really, no kidding). I gleaned the recipe from Diane at Recipes for our Daily Bread. Those ribs had everyone’s full attention. The icy watermelon lemonade was a perfect accompaniment.
So, this Summer I will do my best to get out and enjoy God’s beautiful creation as often as I’m able. I look forward to creating delicious and tasty delights with His wonderful bounty. Serving up whole foods from the garden and orchard, farmer’s markets, roadside stands…wherever I can find them. Hope you will come along for the ride and enjoy the summer season as much as I do. Now on to the tasty Watermelon Lemonade.
Watermelon Lemonade is a sweet and tart drink that screams summertime conjuring up images of a front porch swing and a cool summer breeze. All that is lacking is some delicious Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwiches, and a plate full of Luscious Lemon Cookies to make it complete!
- 1½ - 2 cup sugar (if you like tart lemonade use the lesser amount of sugar)
- 4 cup water, divided
- 4 cup cubed seedless watermelon (yeilds 2 cups watermelon juice)
- 8 Lemons, halved and juiced (2 cups lemon juice)
- Place sugar and 2 cups water in medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Stir occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Allow to cool.
- In the meantime, place cubed watermelon into blender. Blend on high until liquefied. Strain through fine mesh to separate remaining pulp from juice, pressing on solids to retain as much juice as possible from watermelon pulp. Set aside.
- Once sugar water (simple syrup) has cooled completely pour into a large pitcher filled with ice. Add remaining 2 cups water, watermelon juice and lemon juice.
- Stir well and serve immediately.
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