When someone mentioned “melonade” in passing on social media recently, I knew I wanted to try making it. Of course, I wondered what kind of flavors would be delicious to make with a watermelon/lemonade twist and decided that the ultimate summer combo would be a blended mint melonade, and I am pretty sure I just found my favorite summer drink. Oh, and I guess you can call this a mocktail, but I sure wouldn’t mind a splash of rum in my glass!
It’s a match made it heaven, and blending at all together makes it feel more like I’m drinking something fancy on a tropical beach somewhere. With a little homemade mint simple syrup to give it sweetness and flavor, this blended mint melonade combines three delicious flavors to create my ultimate summer drink.
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My trick to making this drink right is to freeze the lemon juice rather than using only plain ice because it helps reduce how watered down the flavor becomes as it melts, so if you have enough time to prepare before making this drink, freeze the lemon juice.
Side note: it’s actually really helpful to have frozen lemon juice cubes on hand for a bunch of reasons! I’ve used them for smoothies and even my water when I want to add lemon flavor.
- 2 lemons, juiced and frozen into cubes
- 1/4 of a mini watermelon, cubed
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Combine the water, sugar and mint leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat
- Heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to simmer and the sugar has completely dissolved
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool and steep for 30 minutes
- Remove mint leaves with a strainer and pour simple syrup into container, store in refrigerator until ready for use
- Combine the frozen lemon juice cubes, cut watermelon, 3 tbsp chilled mint simple syrup and ice in a blender and blend until smooth, adding more ice as needed to reach desired consistency
- Distribute between two glasses and garnish with additional mint leaves and lemon slices
- You can substitute frozen lemon juice for fresh and simply add more ice