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Author Notes: My sister and some friends recently threw me a lovely bridal shower. The food, provided by Go Catering, was delicious. Happy guests devoured crudités, curried chicken salad, mini grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon, sausage rolls, and homemade currant and ginger scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam. To drink, there was a crisp rosé and a refreshing concoction of fresh watermelon, lemon, sugar and water known as "watermelonade." Apparently, it's one of the caterer's specialties, and everyone raved about the juicy, pink drink. This past weekend, I couldn't resist attempting it myself. Merrill Stubbs

Serves 10

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring sugar to dissolve. Set aside.
  2. Put the cubed watermelon in a blender and puree until smooth, about 20 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. You should have about 2 cups of strained watermelon juice.
  3. Mix the sugar syrup with 3 cups cold water and the lemon juice. Stir well.
  4. Fill glasses with ice, add about 3 tablespoons of watermelon juice and then top off with lemonade. Stir gently before serving.

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Comments (14) Questions (2)


2 months ago James Charles

What kind of alcohol would be good to add to this recipe?


4 months ago the_lewist

Planning a backyard BBQ birthday party for about 15 people- Do you think this would work well in a pitcher?


4 months ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Absolutely. I often do it that way, and it's so pretty!


6 months ago Nikki

This sounds delish. I emailed it to my daughters. I am sure my granddaughters will love it-especially the 3 oldest who are all cheerleaders in KY. I actually made something sort of like this when they were here one time. I am sure this will be better. I think my youngest granddaughter and grandson will find it refreshing, also.


9 months ago Desired Cooking

This sounds PERFECT for summer!


about 1 year ago natalia

It's necessary to take off the seeds from the watermelon or can I blended with them?


about 1 year ago tamater sammich

Any idea how far in advance of serving this can be made?


about 1 year ago ghainskom

Very nice. Might add some mint next time around...


over 1 year ago Donna

So refreshing! It's wonderful!


almost 3 years ago rochelle123

I followed the recipe exactly and it came out beautifully. So refreshing and the right balance of sweet and sour.


about 4 years ago jenniebites

yum! made this after a run today and it hit the spot! thank you.


about 5 years ago MissGinsu



about 5 years ago dymnyno

I just made some test ade for a day after the wedding brunch this weekend. Wow!! what great color...and it really tastes good too.


about 5 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

So glad you liked it! And that pink color is almost as great as the taste, huh?