This addition of watermelon to a classic American drink is a delightful twist. And if you know a thing or two about our 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, you may recall the fact that his wife, Lucy, wouldn’t allow alcohol to be served at the White House. Consequently, she earned the nickname Lemonade Lucy. So, in honor of Lucy, and one of America’s top grown crops, we bring you Lemonade Lucy’s Watermelon Lemonade. This alcohol-free beverage will change your summer for the better.
Did you know that every year, the average American consumes approximately 14 pounds of watermelon per person? That’s a lot of watermelon. If you add this watermelon lemonade to your list of favorite summer beverages, your consumption will likely increase even more. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Did you also know that watermelon is one of the three top crops produced in the United States (along with onions and head lettuce)? So, really, since it’s so abundant, it only makes sense to use it in every way possible. Including this lemonade. This watermelon lemonade recipe is one of my family’s favorites. We usually drink an entire batch of it in about 10 minutes. It’s that good. And perfect for a summer picnic. So, thank you “Lemonade Lucy” for the drink inspiration.
If you want to make this watermelon lemonade into a frozen slush drink, just freeze the watermelon beforehand.
6 cups cubed seedless watermelon, chilled
4 cups cold water
2 cups ice
3/4 cup fresh strained lemon juice
2/3 cup granulated sugar (more or less to taste)
Add watermelon to a blender and pulse until well pureed (there should be about 4 cups). Pour juice through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.
In the blender,* blend together water, lemon juice and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Blend in pureed watermelon and ice. Store in refrigerator.
*You may also blend together in a pitcher for less frothy, icy lemonade. Just add the ice after all ingredients have been stirred together to keep it cool.
Former news reporter and Capitol Hill press guru, wife, mom, and pastry addict.