Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Most Refreshing Lemonade

Strawberry Watermelon Mint Lemonade

As summer around here begins to turn the corner into fall, I share with you perhaps one of the most refreshing drinks I've ever had. Concocted when it was 92 degrees outside (which for us Seattleites translates into approximately the surface of the sun... seriously, we start complaining about heat when it hits about 83 or so) and when I desperately needed something cold and refreshing, this hit the spot. It's Strawberry-Mint-Watermelon-Lemonade, and boy does it hit the spot when it's hot outside.

Measurements are approximate  this is lemonade, after all  so feel free to change ratios however you see fit. And yes, I'm using store-bought lemonade, because hey, when it's hot outside, muddling the watermelons and strawberries is hard enough. Also, I really like Newman's Own Lemonade.

Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade with Mint
1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup watermelon, cubed
15 large mint leaves, 9 torn, 6 reserved for garnish
1 half gallon all natural lemonade (Newman's Own is good)

In a large vessel with tall sides (I used a 4 cup measuring cup), muddle together the strawberries, watermelon, and torn mint leaves. Divide among 6 glasses filled with ice, top off with lemonade, stir, and garnish with a mint sprig. The strawberry-watermelon mixture will keep well in the fridge for a few days as well, so you can just pour a little into your lemonade as you wish.

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