Happy Memorial Day weekend (at least to my American readers). Since many of you will be BBQ-ing and picnic-ing and eating hotdogs and potato salad, I thought I’d offer you a recipe for a delicious drink that will help wash it all down. The beauty of this Watermelon Lemonade is that it can be enjoyed with or without alcohol, so those of you who don’t/can’t drink can partake as well. It’s a cool, refreshing, yummy cocktail/mocktail that’s easy to make and pretty to look at.
1/2 cup pureed watermelon (about 1 cup of chopped watermelon)
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1 big lemon)
3 tablespoons of simple syrup (make ahead: 1 part sugar to one part water; simmer on stove until sugar dissolves and then cool in the fridge)
3/4 cup cold water (um, oops, I forgot this part in my video. Don’t forget the water!)
Lemon wedges for garnish (also forgot this part; it had been a long day…)
Vodka (optional; I did not forget this part)
Pour everything into a pitcher, stir, pour evenly into two glasses. Add vodka to taste. (I personally like 1-2 shots for one cocktail, but you may like less or more; I’d start with half a shot and see how you like that before adding). If you want enough lemonade to fill a pitcher, quadruple the recipe. Enjoy, and happy unofficial start to summer!!