Easy + Refreshing Watermelon Lemonade

Easy + Refreshing Watermelon Lemonade

Is there anything more refreshing than a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day? Well, actually, there might be! Camp Counselor Leslie is leading today's Mess Hall with our most refreshing recipe yet.

Lemonade is a summer staple in our house, and this watermelon lemonade is a refreshing twist on an old classic, with an added bonus of generating a lot more lemonade thanks to the bulk that watermelon brings. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes, grown up supervision required.

What you'll need:

  • Blender (or food processor)
  • Lemon juicer
  • Large heat-safe bowl
  • Cheesecloth or fine metal sieve
  • Two bowls to hold the melon + lemon juice.


  • 4 cups watermelon chunks (black seeds removed)
  • 1.5C fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 cups hot water
  • ¼ of a lime
  • 1 full lemon sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup watermelon pieces cut into “french fry” shape (optional)
  • Handful fresh mint (optional)


  1. Using a lemon juicer, collect 1.5 cups of fresh lemon juice. You can use store bought lemon juice as well, but my kiddos like to make the juice themselves.
  2. Pour the juice through a metal sieve to remove the pulp and any seeds and set aside.
  3. Add the watermelon to a blender (or food processor) and blend on high to break down as much of the melon fiber as possible. It should appear very soupy.
  4. Using a cheese cloth of fine metal sieve, pour the watermelon juice through to remove the fiber remaining. Pour in small batches as there is quite a bit of fiber that will be collected. If using a cheesecloth, squeeze with your hands over the bowl to get the liquid out. If using the sieve, use a wooden spoon to help push the liquid through as discard the pulp after each pour. Set the melon juice aside.
  5. In a large heat safe bowl, warm 4 cups of water so that it is warm enough to fully dissolve the honey. For me that was 2 minutes.
  6. Add the melon juice, and the lemon juice, and the honey. Mix well to dissolve.
  7. Taste time, feel free to add more honey as desired.
  8. Squeeze lime juice in to taste.
  9. Put the bowl in the fridge to chill before serving. (at least 2 hours)

To serve: Pour over ice and garnish with sliced lemon, watermelon chunks, and mint. Keeps well in fridge up to a week. Stir well before serving.


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