Simple Watermelon Lemonade

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Denise Sawyer of Wholesome Mommy Blog is an outstanding food blogger which Produce Bites has had the wonderful privilege to partner with. Denise is based in Georgia and loves to incorporate fresh, locally-grown produce into her recipes to promote healthy eating for the entire family. Her passion for living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t stop at that, on WholesomeMommy.com, you can find suggestions and ideas on developing your own cleaning products, wholesome activities for children, along with wholesome wellness suggestions.

Here, Denise created a super simple watermelon lemonade recipe for you to try out in celebration of National Drink Watermelon Week! We also encourage you to enter into the Best Summertime Drink Contest which the Georgia Watermelon Association is currently hosting! For details on the contest, click here.

**Denise has received compensation for her time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are Denise’s.


IMG_4036Did you know that July is Watermelon month and this week is National Drink Watermelon Week?   Being a Georgia girl born and raised, I’m proud of the local produce we grow around here. I can’t pretend to be a fantastic farmer myself, but I do have a small hobby garden that I like to grow a few veggies for my family in and I am a big supporter of local produce. Going to the local farmers’ markets around here is one of the highlights of the summer for me. Even when I can’t get to the farmers’ markets I am sure to look for signage at my local grocery store for locally grown. You just can’t beat the freshness and ripeness of produce grown in your own home town. Anyone who has had a tomato right off the vine can vouch for that!

Did you know that Georgia is a large watermelon producing state?  My friends in south Georgia came for a visit just this week bearing gifts of fresh fig preserves and a big ol’ vine ripened watermelon!  We sliced that watermelon up and served it with dinner. After enjoying it with lunch the next day, I decided to blend some of what was left to make a watermelon lemonade.

It was deliciously refreshing on a hot afternoon. My kids and I enjoyed it porchside!  But, this beverage is so beautiful it would be lovely served to guests at a party or other entertaining you do.  To keep it simply southern I served it up in mason jars.  Add paper straws, bits of fresh mint, lemon slices, and watermelon balls or slices to kick the presentation up for a real show stopper!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

5 lemons, squeezed

1 cup of sugar

4 cups of watermelon {seeds removed}

water

Directions:

Add lemon juice, sugar, and 2 cups of hot water to melt the sugar, stir. Pour sweetened lemon mixture and watermelon into a blender. Blend. Pour into a 2 quart pitcher. Add enough cool water to fill to 2 quarts and stir. Serve over ice.

Add a paper straw and a few garnishes of mint, lemon, or watermelon before serving up with a smile and some southern hospitality!


Looking for more recipes featuring watermelon? I’ve got a delicious watermelon mint tea {nothing quite says “I’m from the south” like a cold glass of tea!}.  Check out my other watermelon recipes here: http://wholesomemommy.com/?s=watermelon

Do you have a yummy watermelon beverage of your own? Go grab some of the abundant fresh produce that is available now and start experimenting in the kitchen! Get your kids involved! I know my kids love to help concoct things in the kitchen! You can enter your recipe at the Georgia’s Best Summertime Drink recipe contest at the Georgia Watermelon Association website here: http://www.georgiawatermelonassociation.org/summertime-drink-contest/

IMG_4046You’ll have the opportunity to win summer juicing accessories + the title of “Georgia’s Best Summertime Drink.”  Here’s what you need to do: Through July 27, 2015, submit your watermelon refreshment recipes to the Georgia’s Best Summertime Drink Entry Form at http://a.pgtb.me/vZWdHl or by emailing contest@georgiawatermelonassociation.org.  Winners will be chosen in August.

 

 

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