It’s only May, but the sun is shining in Southern California and it feels like summer is already here. There is something about a fruity cocktail, enjoyed outside in the evening that brings back memories of tropical vacations and good times with friends.
Below is the recipe for Watermelon Lemonade, adapted from the California Sol Food Casual Cooking from the Junior League of San Diego.
Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail
Recipe adapted by Allison Baloglu, from the California Sol Food Casual Cooking from the Junior League of San Diego
Ingredients4 cups pureed seeded watermelon
2 cups water, sparkling water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1-2 cups of vodka (optional, omit for a non-alcoholic beverage)
1 cup sugar
Step 1: Puree the watermelon in a food processor or blender. Squeeze several fresh lemons and set the juice to the side.
Step 2: Mix the watermelon puree, water, lemon juice, vodka and sugar in a large pitcher. Stir to mix well. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill.
To Serve: Fill a glass with ice. Pour the lemonade over the ice and garnish with lemon and sprigs of fresh mint. Enjoy responsibly!
Note: Omit the vodka for a non-alcoholic version. Try replacing the sparkling water with sparkling wine or regular tap water for a variation of this cocktail.