Time: 60 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
When the weather is scorching hot, you're feeling quite parched, and boring water just won't quench it, a tall glass of icy-cold Watermelonade is the sweet summertime cure! Each sip is a delightful nectarous blend of a homemade watermelon purée and freshly squeezed lemon juice. It's sweetened to perfection and has a hint of rosemary–which will make you feel effortlessly cool in more ways than one! Grab some watermelon-infused ice cubes, a few sprigs of rosemary, and a juicy wedge of lemon, and satisfy your thirst and sweet cravings with some Watermelonade!
Ingredients• 4 cups water, plus more to taste, divided • 1/4 cup sugar • 2 tablespoons honey • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary • 4 cups watermelon, chopped • 1 cup fresh lemon juice or juice of 6 fresh lemons Optional, for serving: • fresh rosemary sprigs, to taste • lemon wedges, to taste
In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of the water and the sugar to a boil. Stir occasionally to ensure the sugar melts.
Stir in the honey and add the rosemary.
Turn off the heat and let the rosemary steep, for about 30 minutes.
Purée the watermelon in a blender. Add some water to taste if extra liquid is needed.
If you are serving the lemonade later, pour some of the purée into an ice cube tray. Put it in the freezer.
Strain the rosemary syrup into a pitcher.
Add the watermelon purée, the lemon juice, and the remaining water to the rosemary water. Stir until combined.
Add the watermelon purée ice cubes to the pitcher, if you made them.
Pour in a glass and serve with the rosemary sprigs and the lemon wedges.