Sunday, December 16, 2012

Recipe: Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade

I realize it's wildly inappropriate to post a recipe for lemonade using fresh strawberries and watermelon in the winter. I would go so far as to call it mean. So I'm sorry. Again, all part of the process of moving recipes from This, That, and the Other that are vegan or easily made vegan. So hate me a little bit, and try to remember this recipe for next July.

Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade
Originally posted on This, That, and the Other.

We found small, beautiful strawberries at our farmers market, I would recommend using this type of fruity instead of the traditional large strawberries found at the supermarket.

3/4  - 1 cup sugar
3 - 3 1/2 cups water, divided
1 small seedless watermelon, cut into 2 inch chunks
1 cup fresh lemon juice, preferably from Meyer lemons
1 cup strawberries, hulled
fresh mint (optional)

Mix sugar with 1/2 cup water in a microwave-proof bowl. Microwave for 2-3 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved, to make a simple syrup. Refrigerate to cool down quickly, if possible.

Blend watermelon and lemon juice in batches. Mix in a large pitcher with the simple syrup and strawberries. Top off with water and add mint leaves.

Chill until cold, or serve immediately over ice.

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