watermelon lemonade - 3 ways


I think of...

screen doors, beach towels drying in the sun, having to wait 30 minutes after you eat to swim, going home because the street lights came on, statue tag, reverse hide and seek (sardines), running through the sprinklers, water balloons, sand, Lake Tahoe, sticky hands, the way water feels when it dries on your skin.

The smells of...

chlorine, someone lighting a barbecue in the neighborhood, sunscreen, hot asphalt, grandma's house, Pepsi, Lipton's Powdered Iced Tea, the interior of my grandfather's Monte Carlo, the cabin in Bear Valley, camp fire.

I think of popsicles, watermelons, and lemonade. I hope you guys do too.

Let's start with simple syrup.

simple syrup:

I use a one to one ratio. Some recipes call for 2 (sugar) to 1(water) ratio.

1 cup sugar, (you can substitute granulated Splenda)
1 cup water

Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Place in a bottle or jar and refrigerate for up to one week.

Hint: You can flavor your simple syrup with vanilla beans, orange rind or other flavorings. Follow steps above then add whatever flavorings. Place in bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

watermelon lemonade: adapted from smitten kitchen

serves 4

1/2 cup lemon juice, strained
1 cup watermelon puree, strained.
4 tablespoons of simple syrup (this is really to taste. I had a really sweet watermelon so I didn't use as much simple syrup)
1 1/2 cups of cold water

Mix ingredients all together and serve over ice.

feeling like you need a grown up drink? add vodka.

Hint: Don't feel like making simple syrup or squeezing lemons? Use your favorite lemonade.

How to watermelon puree: Remove rind from watermelon and chop into chunks. Place in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Place puree through a strainer. Done... you now how watermelon puree.

watermelon lemonade sorbet:

Same recipe as above except I only used a 3/4 cup of water. No vodka. Freeze according to the ice cream manufactures instructions.

watermelon lemonade popsicles:

Same as the sorbet but instead of placing it into the ice cream maker, I poured the mixture evenly into popsicle molds. Place in the freezer until frozen. You might need to run them under cool water to release the popsicles from the molds.

Tasting Notes: Holy Batgirl! Sweet, tart, refreshing. Summer in a glass.


Ty'sMommy said...

Oh yum, yum, yum! That is just pure summer on a stick, right there! Love it!

Ross said...

It's going to hit 95 degrees today where I am - looks like this is the perfect remedy!

stacey said...

memories... man! after you stopped playing statue tag, I renamed it Stacey's Statue Store! muah!!

Cassaendra said...

Can't have too many ways to cool off! My husband will love these. :)

Mayberry Magpie said...

Thank you for reminding me of my favorite summer smell: the night air coming through the screens of the bedroom window in my grandmother's home in Mayberry. Why don't we open our windows on early summer evenings any more?

Jessica said...

Love watermelon...love lemon...done deal! Thanks for the great recipe!


Anonymous said...

Found your site today and spent a good part of the afternoon reading it. Thank you for linking to the buttermilk recipe. I am definitely going to do that--and other excellent sounding recipes you have posted. I am enjoying your casual style of posting and your rant about the letter from the principal regarding "proper behavior" for families of graduates made me laugh.

BTW, I live in Stockton, too!

Bren said...

Vodka, but of course! Love the cute and nostalgic look of these. I'll be making them for some campers I'm volunteering with this coming weekend. Sis asked me to make some and I have to come up with some flavors! Not a watermelon fan, but the lemonade is always a go!