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A Refreshing Watermelon Drink

Even when I’m not gestating, I don’t consume much alcohol. It’s a medical issue. I saw a wonderful, summery watermelon drink recipe in the June issue of Everyday Food, but it called for tequila. Two very minor changes turned it into a watermelon mocktail perfect for our whole family.

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A Refreshing Watermelon Drink
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  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, and orange zest to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar completely dissolves, about 3 minutes. Let syrup cool in a bowl.
  2. In the meantime, place 1 tablespoon lime juice on a small plate and 1/4 cup red or pink sugar crystals on a second. Dip the rim of four glasses in lime juice, then in sugar to coat.
  3. In a blender, puree 2 cups of watermelon cubes until smooth.
  4. In a pitcher, combine watermelon puree, syrup, and lime juice. Mix well. Add soda and stir very gently.
  5. Fill sugar-rimmed glasses with ice, and pour watermelon drink over top.
  6. Garnish with lime wedges, watermelon wedges, or mint sprigs.
Recipe Notes

You can substitute any fruit for the watermelon in this refreshing and summery drink. We garnished ours with red sugar crystals, but I think it would be nice garnished with a sprig of mint and a wedge of watermelon, too. How about a scoop of ice cream? Heavenly! For the summer, you could pour this drink into popsicle molds and freeze it. So many ideas!

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19 thoughts on “A Refreshing Watermelon Drink”

  1. I'm so glad you shared this recipe! I had something similar at a baby shower a few years ago, but I've never been able to replicate it. I will be making this soon!

  2. This looks and sounds AMAZING!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    I very rarely drink and since the birth of our daughter, I drink even less! So, I love the idea of mocktails!

  3. You don’t mind if I have your tequila in my glass do you? Thanks.
    Watermelon is so refreshing no matter how you server it. This is a great summer thirst quencher with lots of anti-oxidants in it to.

  4. This looks so cool and pretty. Perfect for summer entertaining and your photo is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and linking.

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