Friday, June 10, 2011

Pink Lemonade

Here's a nice cool, fruity drink for the kids to enjoy (while the grown-ups enjoy their even cooler, even fruitier sangria). I made this lemonade pink using watermelon, but my favorite method is a combination of both watermelon and strawberries (I have a friend who is allergic, so I left them out this time around). It was still delicious. Pucker up and try some! Or I guess I should say...try some and pucker up!

Yield: approx. 10 servings

4 cups simple syrup (2 cups water + 2 cups sugar)
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
10-15 cups cold water
3 cups watermelon chunks or quartered strawberries (or combination of both), or to taste
lemon slices for garnish (optional)

1.  To make the simple syrup: Combine water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil; stir to dissolve the sugar. Cook only until all the sugar is dissolved, then let cool to room temperature. Chill in the refrigerator.

2.  Combine simple syrup, lemon juice and 10 cups water. Stir well and add more water, a little at a time, to taste.

3.  Place a strainer over the lemonade and squeeze the juice from the watermelon (or strawberries) into the lemonade.

4.  Add lemon slices for garnish.
simple syrup
juicing lemons
watermelon (a.k.a. the pink in pink lemonade)
lemon juice in pitcher
simple syrup and water added (a.k.a. lemonade)

Obviously you can stop right here if you want
plain old boring humdrum yellow lemonade.

infusion pitcher

This pitcher is pretty can add fruit to the center
and let it infuse into your tea, lemonade or water (or vodka).
watermelon cubes in the center
If you let it sit long enough, the watermelon
juice will seep into the lemonade.
If you don't have an infusion pitcher, just squeeze the
watermelon over a strainer into the lemonade.
Actually, I do both (I like my pink lemonade heavy on the pink).
watermelon lemonade (without the infuser)
watermelon lemonade (with the infuser added back)

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