Watermelon Limeade

Wow! This watermelon limeade recipe is a real thirst-quencher during the dog days of summer when watermelon is at its best. It also makes a wonderful margarita mixer when paired with premium white tequila.–Emeril Lagasse

LC Lurid Lemonade Note

You may instinctively turn to classic pink watermelon when blending this watermelon limeade recipe. Instead, consider making a double batch of watermelon limeade, relying on pink watermelon for one pitcher, yellow watermelon for another. Just for kicks. Lurid, psychedelic, got-nothing-better-to-do-cuz-it’s-summer kicks. For even more kicks, add a splash of silver tequila.

Watermelon Limeade Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 10 limes)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, or more to taste
  • Lime slices or wedges, for garnish (optional)
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • 1. Place half the watermelon in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer the melon slush to a fine-mesh sieve placed over a large bowl and discard the solids. Repeat with the remaining watermelon. You should end up with about 1 quart (4 cups) juice.
  • 2. Add the lime juice and sugar to the strained watermelon juice and stir until the sugar dissolves. Taste and add more sugar, if desired.
  • 3. Transfer the limeade to a nonreactive pitcher and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, which should take at least an hour. Serve in tumblers with lime slices or mint sprigs, if desired.
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Comments
Comments
  1. Testers Choice Testers Choice says:

    [Elsa M. Jacobson] This was both delicious and simple—a perfect combo for a hot summer day. Plus, it was a beautiful, lush pink color with a surprising, unexpected flavor. No one guessed it was watermelon.

    I sped up the process by placing the watermelon in the fridge to chill before cutting it into chunks, and again after cutting them up and while straining.

    Because I was uncertain about the chilling time, I made this the night before. When I checked it in the morning, it had separated, but this was no cause for concern—I just stirred it up, and it didn’t separate again when serving a few hours later.

  2. Testers Choice Testers Choice says:

    [Mary Hayes] This is a sitting-on-the-veranda, watching-the-sunlight-dappling-through-the-trees kind of drink. It’s refreshing enough to gulp down, but has enough flavor to grab your attention. That said, although I was transported, my husband was on the fence with the bizarre excuse of not being keen on watermelon—that is, until I splashed in some tequila. I should confess that I changed the quantities slightly. I wouldn’t have needed to if I had a sun-ripened melon, but in using a supermarket mini-sized one, the drink was lovely but uninspired. I wanted to really taste the watermelon, so I doubled the quantity, using 16 cups of diced watermelon to the cup of lime juice and 1/2 cup of sugar. With my extra melon, I got 12 tumblers full that chilled in just over an hour. Doubling is highly recommended, and don’t forget the tequila for those who need a little extra pizzazz.

  3. Lauralee Hensley says:

    I need to try this one, sounds so refreshing. I’ll make a small batch though because I’m the only one around here that really enjoys limes.

  4. Madison Blei says:

    Would it be possible to make this with Splenda or another sugar substitute or without the sugar? I’m diabetic and I really want to try this but I know the natural sugar in the watermelon alone would be enough to send my glucose levels through the roof.

    • David Leite says:

      Madison, I believe with this recipe you can substitute Splenda, but check the box carefully to find the appropriate amount. And, as you say, the watermelon is sweet, you may not need any sugar. But if you’re diabetic, I’d suggest passing on this. It would make the most health sense.

      • Madison Blei says:

        I may have to pass on drinking it myself but, I’m going to make it for friends I’m having over for dinner this weekend. Somebody should enjoy it even if I can’t.

  5. Traci says:

    This looks delicious! I have a watermelon lemonade recipe that I made on my site, but haven’t tried it with lime juice. Guess I know what I’m doing today! :) Thanks for sharing this!

    Traci

  6. Jan says:

    This makes also an excellent watermelon granita!

  7. Stephanie says:

    It sounds like the perfect summer drink…positively refreshing w/ a little “kick.”

  8. Madison Bleu says:

    I made this with sugar for my friends and with Splenda and without sugar or Splenda for myself. The orignal version was wonderful as was the version without sugar. The Splenda—not so good. Thanks for the recipe David!

    • David Leite says:

      Madison Bleu, I feared that. That’s kind like of mainlining Splenda. And there’s always some sort of aftertaste. Even Stevia has a shocking aftertaste. But I want you to watch it. Diabetes, as you know, isn’t something to mess with.

  9. luckyturquoise says:

    If your diabetic please be good to yourself and use the Stevia. Also the controversy over the artificial is too much to ignore. Sugar is indeed the enemy.

    The watermelon drink? Food of the god’s.

    • Madison Bleu says:

      David & Luckyturquoise: I am indeed taking very good care of myself. *smile* The watermelon drink was a one-shot deal. (At least for me— my friends will make it on their own.) Normally I would avoid something like thi,s but David posted this one on a near 100-degree day in DC, and I couldn’t resist.

      I stay away from real sugar as much as possible and use Splenda as a substitute. I haven’t tried Stevia yet but I’ve heard good things. I wonder if like other substitutes it has an aftertaste. Thanks for the suggestion & have a great week!

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