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Watermelon Mint Lemonade

July 5, 2011

Filed Under : EAT - RECIPES

watermelon mint lemonade

I hope everyone had a super great 4th of July!!  I started my 4th off by the pool (laying out, eating turkey hot dogs, getting splashed by my pup) and ended it at the LA Galaxy game (again).  Even though the game wasn’t that exciting (score of 0 to 0), there were lots of nachos, beer, and fireworks and you pretty much can’t go wrong with that combination.

So I’ve mentioned my watermelon mint lemonade both here and here, and now I want to share the recipe!

Watermelon Mint Lemonade:

  • 2 cups pureed watermelon*
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 to 1.5 cups simple syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 additional lemon to slice into the pitcher
  • a couple handfuls of torn mint leaves
  • a couple handfuls of ice

Basically, you add all of the ingredients to a pitcher, stir it up, and serve.  But here is a more in-depth, step-by-step process:

watermelon mint lemonade

Start by juicing 7-10 lemons.  I highly recommend using a juicer but if you don’t have one, squeezing them by hand will do just fine.

watermelon mint lemonade

Cut up about 1/4 to 1/2 of a large watermelon (depending on the size) and puree it in a blender.  Pour about 2 cups of pureed watermelon (you can pour through a strainer if you want, I usually don’t) into a pitcher.

watermelon mint lemonade

Then add about 1 cup of the lemon juice and 1 to 1.5 cups of simple syrup.  You can make your own simple syrup by adding equal parts water and sugar to a pot and simmering it on the stove until the sugar is dissolved.  Once the liquid is cooled, you have a lovely simple syrup that can be used in just about anything, from lemonades to ice teas to popsicles.

watermelon mint lemonade

Then add about 4 cups of water and a couple handfuls of torn mint leaves.  At this point, I do A LOT of taste testing.  If it’s too sour, I add more simple syrup.  If it’s too bland, I add a bit more lemon juice.  If you can’t taste enough of the watermelon, add some more pureed watermelon.  Once it tastes good, add a few lemon slices so people know it’s lemonade and a couple handfuls of ice cubes to keep it cold.  And then, you have yourself the most perfect summery drink.

watermelon mint lemonade

Enjoy with a pretty straw and lots of sunshine, preferably outdoors with lots of family and friends!

*by the way, you can swap out the watermelon for just about ANY fruit…sigh, I love fruity lemonade.

Showers, Popcorn, and Lots o’ Cupcakes

May 18, 2011


Last weekend, my best friends, Jaymee and Sarah, and I hosted a baby shower for our darling prego lover, Heather.  We decided on a carnival themed shower because a.) we love desserts and candy; b.) we love stripey straws; and c.) we love flag bunting.

The party turned out just perfect thanks to Jaymee’s amazing decor and signage (which, by the way, Jaymee has a new blog and it’s the cutest EVER and and anddd she does the most AMAZING graphic design i.e. blog headers, invitations, logos, ANYTHING IN THE WORLD so hit her up if you need some design done!).  I mean, look how adorable those signs are!!

Sarah and I were in charge of all food and boy oh boy did we whip up lots o’ food.  We made a fruit salad, green salad, my favorite Mediterranean orzo salad, a million pretty cupcakes, fresh homemade strawberry lemonade, and watermelon mint lemonade (those lemonade recipes will be posted soon as Sarah and I created quite a delicious concoction!!).  We also had trays of pasta ordered.  Everything was yummy.  And the best part was that preggy Heather loved it all and that’s what matters!!

PLUS, all of my best friends flew out from all over the good ol’ USA and I swear to you, we always have the BEST time when we’re all together.  Miss them already.

Our lemonade station complete with mason jars and stripe straws we got from Shop Sweet Lulu, as I posted here:

I made the cupcake flag toppers using this tutorial.  How sweet are they:

The candy station full of sweet treets:

Heather’s Ready to POP popcorn station (again, Jaymee’s signage is just too cute!):

Jaymee made this flag bunting, she is SO CRAFTY!!!!:

Jaymee’s momma is a balloon-making extraordinaire:

Some of my favorites, (from L to R) Jaymee, Sarah, Angie, Liz:

Me, Angie, Heather, Ann-Marie, Jaymee, Christina, Liz, and Sarah (I love them):

Me with belly:

P.S. not pictured are the most adorable striped pinwheels that Jaymee made.  I took 3 photos of them, all of which are blurry.  I need to learn how to use a camera oouuffff.