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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

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  • 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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