Nothing says ‘Summer’ like lemonade. Growing up, I was always the kid stationed right at the neighborhood entrance with a little table full of lemonade in tiny Dixie cups. Or my handy Kool-aid snow cone maker that would grind up ice cubes…one cube at a time. I’m sure back then my neighbors were more than generous, paying who knows what for a flimsy paper cup filled with about 2 tablespoons of half melted shredded freezer ice swimming in powdered red 40. Too bad I wasn’t serving this:
WATERMELON CANTALOUPE LEMONADE
Sure, cold lemonade is super refreshing in the hot summer weather, but add in a little ice cold melon and you really have a drink that will cool you down. It’s easy to make this layered fruity drink. All you need is watermelon juice and a cantaloupe lemonade base. Because the lemonade base has a higher concentration of sugar, the watermelon juice will sit right on top of it without mixing in, which makes this a fun and colorful party drink. I love having the ice cold lemonade base just sitting in my refrigerator, ready at any time for me to mix up a glass of lemonade.
To make these drinks extra fun, serve with a few sliced of watermelon and lemon on the glass and throw in a fun straw! The watermelon juice may settle a bit after sitting in the fridge. Just give it a quick shake and it’s ready to go again.
- 1 Large Watermelon, rind removed, cut into cubes
- ½ Large Cantaloupe, rind removed, cut into cubes
- Juice of 8 Lemons
- 2¾ C. Sugar
- 2 C. Water
- Water, for mixing
- Juice the cubed watermelon, either by putting the cubes through a juicer, or pureeing in a blender and pouring through a large sieve to remove the pulp and into a pitcher. Refrigerate watermelon juice.
- Juice the cantaloupe, either by putting the cubes through a juicer or pureeing the cantaloupe cubes in a blender or food processor and running through a large sieve to remove the pulp. Place the cantaloupe juice in a large saucepan, along with the lemon juice, sugar, and 2 cups water.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
- Transfer the cantaloupe/lemonade base to a pitcher or container and chill in the refrigerator.
- To make the lemonade:
- Fill a glass ¼ full with the cantaloupe/lemonade base. Fill the glass with ice. Pour the watermelon juice carefully over the ice until the glass is ¾ full. Watermelon juice will sit on top of the lemonade base. Pour water into the glass until the glass is full. Serve.
- Mix together before drinking.