July ~ Watermelon Lemonade

There are a variety of recipes for this out there in the cloud. However, this is one I came up with on my own, had it taste tested with over 25 people to critique it. I made their recommended changes and here it is.
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First of all, pick out a very ripe watermelon. I know there are a variety of ways to do this. My grandpa used to take a straw (the grass kind, not the drinking kind) and set one strand of straw on top of the melon. If it swiveled, it was a good melon. I didn’t believe this worked until I was with him to watch this process. He picked a great melon, and ohh…that straw moved about 45 degrees.

Another way that someone told me about that grew melons was to look for a slightly yellow bottom with insect marks on it (like from sugar ants.) He always picked the biggest and sweetest melons for my family.

Watermelon Yellow Bottom

Watermelon Yellow Bottom

The way I personally prefer is to place the melon on top of others, away from any cardboard boxing, and knock on it. If it sounds hollow, it is always sweet for us. If you let the watermelon lean up or sit on any cardboard boxing, it will sound hollow, and may not be as sweet as you desire.

Then there are a variety of melons to choose from. Sometimes the soil will affect the flavor making it sweeter than most. Something to do with the minerals in the soil as the melon is growing. There are the seedless kind, the sold green ones, striped ones, yellow ones, etc. etc.
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My personal favorite are the large striped melons with seeds. Second favorite are the typical medium sized ones that are seedless.

My Favorite Watermelon

My Favorite Watermelon

Next, pick up a can of frozen concentrated lemonade. The kind where you add at least 4 cans of water.

Now that you have your prize melon picked out, slice, dice and puree about 4 cups worth. 3 cups is ok, but my group preferred the 4 cups.

Mix up that frozen can of concentrated lemonade. Add the pureed watermelon. Mix and serve.  I found that if you use the Pink Lemonade it makes the coloring a little better.

Frozen Pink Lemonade

Frozen Pink Lemonade

This is relatively fast and easy to mix up. It is very refreshing. It was also the first time this group of 25 had ever tasted watermelon lemonade, and they kept asking me to make it the rest of the summer. It was a big hit.

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

June ~ Mango Lemonade

1 quart Mango Nectar
3 quarts lemonade made from frozen concentrate

Slightly freeze the Mango Nectar. (Be sure not to freeze in a glass jar.) When slightly slushy, add to the 3 quarts lemonade. Serve immediately.

This is really refreshing on hot summer days, and full of Vitamin C.

Mango Lemonade

Mango Lemonade

May ~ Blueberry Lemonade

Last night I had a group of friends over and served them Blueberry Lemonade.  It was gone in no time flat.  This is a crowd of people that are hooked on Coke and Pepsi.  I was so impressed they liked my Blueberry Lemonade so much.  Out of all the different flavored lemonades I have made, this is by the far the most popular.

Make or purchase 1 gallon of your favorite lemonade.  Personally I don’t mind the powdered mixes, but truth be told I think the frozen concentrate is the best ever.

Next remove 1 quart of lemonade and place in another container for later, or drink it up now.

You will need to purchase a 64 oz. container of Blueberry/Cranberry Juice NO sugar added.  Ocean Spray and Northland carries that.

Add 1/2 container of the Blueberry/Cranberry Juice to your 3/4 gallon of lemonade.  Add ice if desired.  It’s always desired by me.

Stir, blend, and pour yourself a big tall glass.  You might want to get fancy and add fresh or frozen blueberries in each cup, and place a slice of lemon on the cup.  Either way, it’s going to taste great.

Make it up, taste it, serve it, and let me know what you think.  Enjoy!

Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade

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April ~ Lemon Balm Lemonade

I’ve grown lemon balm for years, and with my last move forgot to take some with me.  While visiting my son a week ago, I grabbed several leaves from his plants and made Lemon Balm Lemonade.  To me it had a nice additional lemon flavor that I liked.

4 lemons, juiced  (I used the equivalent in lemon concentrate.)
1/2 cup fresh lemon balm leaves
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup boiling water
2 1/2 cups water

Boil 2/3 cup water and sugar together either on the stove, or in the microwave until sugar is dissolved.  Add the lemon balm leaves and slightly crush.  Let stand at least 15 minutes.  Remove the leaves.  Add the lemon juice and 2 1/2 cups water.  Serve with ice, or refrigerate until cold.

Lemon Balm Lemonade

Lemon Balm Lemonade

March ~ Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

When my daughter got married she wanted to have Strawberry Lemonade served at her reception. Since she was married in March, this is the Lemonade of the Month. We tried all different kinds of combinations. The following is the one that our family liked the best as we were trying the various recipes out.

Take 1 can frozen concentrated lemonade, and reconstitute per instructions on can. Then add between 1/4 to 1/2 cup Strawberry Syrup for ice cream. We found that 1/3 cup was very good and used that amount for the reception. However, there have been times later when we like it a little more lemony or little more strawberry flavored. Enjoy.

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

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