It is the hottest week of the year in Barcelona right now. You know those scenes from movies where there is a heat wave and people are sprawled out and sultry in front of a dinky fan? (If you’ve seen Do the Right Thing, you’ll know what I’m talking about.) Well, that somewhat sums up what we’re dealing with this week in our AC-less apartment.
Last night as I was daring myself to turn on the stove to cook some dinner, I thought to myself “what is the most refreshing thing I could make right now?” and the answer was brought to me in a resounding chorus – non-other than “WATERMELON LEMONADE!” For just a second while I was sipping this down, I could have sworn a cool breeze had flown through the apartment.
When serving this for parties in the past, we’ve used made it a bit boozier, as it’s delicious with the addition of a splash of vodka, or if you’re like me, about a half shot of bourbon. This time around though we skipped the firewater addition and kept it clean. This recipe is a bit tart at first – if you like your lemonade sweet, add more sugar. However, I’ve found that it mellows and tastes best if allowed to sit in the refrigerator overnight.
*This recipe makes 4 glasses, but is easily multipliable.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups watermelon, crushed
- 5 lemons, squeezed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup sparkling water
- Put sugar in a large container. Squeeze lemon over the sugar and whisk with a fork until sugar is mostly dissolved.
*(You can also use simple syrup, if you have some on hand, as it mixes easier.)
- In a large bowl, crush your watermelon so the fruit becomes mostly juice.
*(I do this by just diving in and crushing by hand)
- Add lemon mixture to the watermelon and stir in until blended throughout.
- In a carafe or pitcher, add the sparkling water.
- Over the opening of the carafe, place a strainer with a fine mesh. Pour in the watermelon/lemon mixture through the strainer.
- Either allow this to sit overnight for flavors to mellow or serve immediately over ice with a lemon garnish for a tart refreshment.