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  • Writer's pictureNikki Glekas


Staying hydrated is key during the summer, so why not make your drink delicious? Watermelon lemonade is a simple refresher you can pull together for your kids that they’ll absolutely love. The adults will adore it too, and, yes, you can add a splash of vodka if you’re interested in making it into a cocktail at the end of the day.

I don’t overthink this recipe and you shouldn’t either. It can be whipped up in minutes and tastes fantastic. I usually make a pitcher-full at a time and my kids finish it within a day. I’m happy to have them enjoying it while they’re spending all day in the sun!

Another thing my kids like me to do is make this beverage into popsicles. I just use the freezer popsicle molds, which are so simple. I’ve also poured this drink into ice cube trays in the past and use the ice cubes in my seltzer. This makes a milder drink for me to enjoy in the evening, which I love.

Make sure you buy the freshest watermelon you can find when you decide to make this. Fresh fruit is what truly makes the flavor difference. After that, you’ve got everything you need to make this wonderful summer beverage!

Watermelon Lemonade

This summery refresher is perfect for the Fourth of July, or anytime the kids want a sweet drink that helps them stay hydrated. I usually make big pitchers of this and let the kids serve themselves by the pool. It also is yummy when frozen and made into popsicles!

Makes 4-6 servings Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)

  • 4 cups cold water

  • Ice cubes

  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)


  1. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth.

  2. Strain the watermelon juice through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any pulp or seeds.

  3. In a pitcher, combine the watermelon juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, granulated sugar, and cold water.

  4. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.

  5. Add ice cubes to the pitcher to chill the lemonade.

  6. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

  7. Pour into glasses and serve this refreshing watermelon lemonade to keep your guests cool and hydrated on the 4th of July.

Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT.. To discuss further please contact or call 203.658.8659.

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