Watermelon Lemonade

13 Aug

When my sister and I went to New York City last summer, I dragged the both of us uptown and downtown on foot, only taking the subway when the walk exceeded 50 blocks and avoiding taxes all together (I may win the award for least money spent while on vacation in NYC)  Needless to say, I felt pretty bad by lunchtime when our feet were blistered and she felt slightly dizzy from the heat. We stopped in Midtown for lunch at Sushi Samba, a spot we saw on our little Manhattan Sex and the City tour where Samantha famously threw her martini at hotel magnate Richard Wright. As a small thank you for the many blocks I made her walk I treated her to a Watermelon Lemonade, a drink we reference constantly in conversation about being refreshed in sweltering heat. Last week for The Bachelorette Finale, we had a mini celebration and decided to also have a NYC throwback theme as a nod to our favorite city. She brought over perfectly frosted vanilla cupcakes (recipe courtesy of Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker St. Downtown) and I recreated Watermelon Lemonade by pure expiramentation. The end result was delicious, and it was a fabulous, lazy night despite the fact that Ali didn’t choose Chris.

Watermelon Lemonade
  • 2 cups of seeded watermelon, cut into 1-in. cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, julienne sliced
  • 6 cups of your favorite lemonade (I like Simply Lemonade for its tartness)
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 3-4 lemon slices, for garnish
Add seeded watermelon to a bowl and mash with a fork or whisk until fruit is broken up and juicy. 
Pour watermelon juice mixture in a large pitcher. 
Add chopped mint and pour lemonade over the top of the fruit mixture. 
Add crushed ice and stir. 
Pour into tall tumblers, add lemon slices for garnish.
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