Indulge in the ultimate refreshment with this easy-to-make Watermelon Mint Lemonade, perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day.
Feel free to adjust the flavors to your liking by experimenting with the amount of water and sweetness.
The watermelon’s juiciness and natural sweetness contribute significantly to the drink, making additional sweetening optional based on your preference for a sweeter or more tart taste.
Be sure to check out the rest of our easy drink recipes, too!
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To enhance the flavors, a mint-infused simple syrup is included in the directions. However, the watermelon’s sweetness might make extra sweetening unnecessary. It all depends on how you want the final results to taste.
Mint Vs. Peppermint
Mint and peppermint are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to different things.
Mint: “Mint” is a broad term that encompasses a group of aromatic plants. There are many species and hybrids of mint, including peppermint and spearmint.
Mint plants are known for their characteristic refreshing and aromatic flavor, which is commonly used in culinary applications, such as teas, drinks, desserts and savory dishes.
Peppermint is a specific hybrid of mint, resulting from the crossbreeding of watermint and spearmint. It has a more intense flavor compared to other mint varieties, with a higher concentration of menthol, giving it a cooling and minty taste. Peppermint is often used for medicinal purposes due to its potential digestive and soothing properties.
Basically, “mint” is a general term encompassing various species and hybrids of aromatic plants, while “peppermint” is a specific hybrid of mint known for its strong menthol flavor and potential medicinal uses.
Both mint and peppermint are widely used in culinary and herbal applications, but peppermint’s distinct menthol flavor sets it apart from other mint varieties.
Grocery Shopping: Which Watermelon Is Best
The best watermelon is one that is ripe, juicy and sweet! When choosing a watermelon, there are a few factors to consider:
Look for a Uniform Shape: Choose a watermelon that has a uniform shape, with no dents or irregularities. This indicates that it has grown evenly and is less likely to have any soft spots or uneven ripening.
Check the Field Spot: The field spot is the area of the watermelon that rested on the ground while it was growing. Look for a creamy, yellowish spot, which indicates that the watermelon has ripened well on the vine. A white or green field spot may suggest that the fruit was harvested prematurely.
Tap and Listen: Give the watermelon a gentle tap with your knuckles. A ripe watermelon will have a deep, hollow sound, while an unripe one will sound dull. This tapping method is not foolproof, but it can give you some indication of ripeness.
Weight Matters: A ripe watermelon will feel heavy for its size. The water content contributes to its weight, so a heavier watermelon is likely to be juicier.
Look for Sugar Spots: Some watermelons have sugar spots, which are dark, rough patches on the rind. These spots indicate that the sugars have concentrated, resulting in a sweeter taste.
Ask the Farmer or Seller: If you’re buying from a local farmer’s market or store, don’t hesitate to ask the seller for guidance. They often have experience and can help you select a delicious watermelon.
More Lemonade Recipes
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Lavender Lemonade
- Watermelon Lemonade
- Peach Lemonade
- Blackberry Lemonade
- Pink Lemonade
Get ready to elevate your lemonade game with these refreshing and creative recipes that are perfect for sipping by the pool, hosting a summer gathering, or simply enjoying a moment of pure citrus bliss.
Let’s embark on a journey of vibrant flavors and refreshing sips!
This clever trick ensures that the ice won’t dilute the drinks as the day or evening progresses, keeping your lemonade perfectly refreshing till the last sip
If you plan to serve this delightful watermelon mint lemonade outdoors on a warm day, consider making extra batches to freeze into ice cubes or an ice ring (if serving in a punch bowl).
Mint Simple Syrup (optional)
- ½ c. granulated sugar
- ½ c. water
- ¼ c. tightly packed fresh mint leaves, stems removed and crushed
- 6 c. fresh watermelon, rinds removed and cut into chunks
- ¾ c. fresh lemon juice (6-8 medium lemons)
- ½ c. cold water, (plus more, if needed)
- ½ c. fresh mint leaves, tightly packed with stems removed
- fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
- lemon slices, for garnish
- To make the simple syrup, add the sugar, water and crushed mint leaves to a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and discard mint leaves. Cool completely before using.
- Add watermelon chunks, lemon juice and ½ cup cold water to a blender and blend until liquefied. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove any larger particles. Taste and add more water, if needed. Sweeten with mint-infused simple syrup, if desired.
- Bruise ½ c. fresh mint leaves with fingers to release oils and add to the bottom of a large glass pitcher or jar. If serving immediately, add ice cubes to the container and pour the watermelon mixture over top. Add fresh lemon slices to the container for garnish.
- To serve, pour over ice and add a sprig of fresh mint and a lemon slice for garnish.
For an adults-only option, add some citrus-flavored vodka just before serving.