I have been on an insane watermelon kick lately. I blame Montage Palmetto Bluff because we learned how to properly cut a whole watermelon and my life is forever changed. It’s first off, SO much cheaper to buy whole seedless watermelons than the precut option. Second, you get the best square pieces ever. Plus, watermelon is simply just delicious. It’s perfect for hot summer days. Enjoy it as a snack, blend it up into my watermelon frosé recipe, or serve it as a dessert when friends come over for a BBQ. You just can’t go wrong with it.
Since watermelon is everywhere right now I wanted to create a super refreshing drink with watermelon juice that’s ideal for summer. While lemonade is a great summer favorite, I thought, let’s add my favorite summer fruit for the ultimate refreshing summer drink! Insert my watermelon mint lemonade recipe. Which I can’t take full credit for. Apparently, Chick Fil A has this watermelon and lemon beverage for summer. Personally, I’ve never had it. But after doing a little recipe research, this is apparently a great copycat Chick Fil A recipe. Most of the recipes are fairly similar (found this one to reference). Now let’s get to the recipe!
Mint Watermelon Lemonade
- 6 cups of cubed watermelon
- 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- Mint – bunch, chopped
- Lemon rind
- Lemon slices for garnish
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Fine mesh strainer
Step One – Make Your Simple Syrup
This will really depend on how sweet you want this, so I recommend just making a big batch and add it to your strained watermelon until you find your preferred sweetness. But either way, start by making your lemon and mint simple syrup. Place water, sugar, a few mint sprigs and lemon rind into a pot over medium heat. Let the sugar dissolve and set aside to cool.
Step Two – Chop Your Watermelon
First you want to obviously prepare your watermelon. I finally learned how to properly do this while at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Cut the ends off of the watermelon so you have a steady level watermelon. Then with a VERY sharp knife, carve off the skin of the watermelon. Then cut it in half, then dice it all up. It’s so easy and fast. Game changer!
Step Three – Put The Watermelon In A Blender
Throw all your watermelon chunks into a blender and buzz it up REALLY well. It shouldn’t need any liquid to get going since it’s so watery as it is, but if you run into any issues, a few tablespoons of water (or the simple syrup) will work just fine.
Step Four – Strain The Mixture
You can 100% skip this step if you want more of a thicker consistency, but I like it when it’s more juice like and less like a blended beverage. To do this, all you have to do is place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the mixture.
Step Five – Add Lots Of Mint
Once strained, add the mixture back into your blender along with a handful of mint leaves and blend like crazy. You want the mint finely chopped! Remember, you’re drinking it! Once blended, start adding your simple syrup until you get it to the sweetness you like. Do this slowly in small increments until you get to the desired sweetness. Any left over simple syrup will be great in some tea!
What To Serve Your Mint Watermelon Lemonade In
If you’re serving this to a crowd, which you should, they’ll love you. This is such a great crowd pleaser cocktail or beverage. Make a big batch, put it in a large drink dispenser and fill it up with more fresh whole mint, lemon slices, and watermelon so people know exactly what’s in it. Or place a pitcher and glasses on a buffet with liquor options for folks to make their own cocktail, or have a virgin one. The ideas are endless.
For any leftover watermelon juice, definitely freeze it. It’ll make for a delicious ice cube in your water to infuse it. Or blend it up with frozen rosé to make my watermelon frosé cocktails!
Photos by Hannah Lozano