Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/ 4 cup water
  • 2 cups peeled, seeded and diced watermelon
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 quart carbonated water

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Turn off burner and let cool ten minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the watermelon and lemon juice in the container of a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Discard any solids. Add the sugar syrup to the watermelon mixture, stirring to blend. Cover and refrigerate at least four hours.
  3. When ready to serve, stir in the carbonated water. Serve immediately over ice.
  4. Watermelon Tip: Uncut watermelons are best kept just a bit cooler than room temperature. Refrigerate them only after they are cut, or only for a few hours before serving if you want to serve cold.

Yield: 2 quarts