It feels like Monday, but… it’s Tuesday!!
Love long weekends.
Especially the Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day marks the return of things like running barefoot, sipping lemonade and chomping down on cold watermelon. It’s always a good weekend.
The weather was horrible Saturday and Sunday, but Memorial Day… was perfect. A little cold for my liking, but that is the usual around here. I like it HOT. Like ninety degrees, sweat your butt off hot. It was more like sixty degrees, but the sun was shining and it felt summerish.
I’ll definitely take it.
So, I cut up my first watermelon over the weekend.
Ahh wait, now that I think about it, it was actually my second. The first one got used for these photos and was immediately eaten by my family. But this second one, oh my gosh, it was perfect. I pretty much ate it all by myself. It was actually so perfect that I went and bought two more. One more for eating and one more for lemonade.
What’s a hot summer day without a glass of freezing cold lemonade?
A not so fun one if you ask me.
No, but in all seriousness, growing up I never liked any kind of sugary drinks. When we went to Florida though my grandma would buy Fresca, and I have to say, I did love those, but other than that it was mostly just water…
Except in the summer.
In the summer, my brothers and I would make giant batches of pink lemonade. You know, the Country Time Pink Lemonade?? Basically a kid’s best friend during summer months. I have given up my love for that sugary stuff that probably does not even contain any real lemons, but my brothers still love the stuff.
When temperatures would get really hot, we would break out the blenders and make slushies.
It’s just ice and lemonade, but it was the best thing to us.
So that is what I made today.
Except this time I left out the Country Time and made things way better. Naturally pink lemonade that tastes a little like watermelon, AND is made with fresh lemons? Oh yeah, that beats Country Time any day in my book.
I brought these out to my dad and brothers who were down at the barn tearing up concrete (Ahh, yes!) and they downed them. Perfect thirst quenching summer drink.
Oh, and my older brother Brendan, he highly recommends adding a little vodka, because hey, that’s just what adults do…
- Combine the sugar with 1 cup water in a small sauce pot. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour into a heat safe glass. Place in the fridge to cool.
- Add half the watermelon and 1 cup of water to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Discard the watermelon pulp. Again, add the remaining watermelon and another cup water to the blender, puree until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Discard the watermelon pulp.
- To the large bowl add the remaining 2 cups water, lemon juice and the sugar water from the fridge. Whisk to combine. Taste. Add more water if it is too sweet for your liking. Pour into glass jugs and store in the fridge. Before drinking make sure to shake the lemonade up.
- Add the ice and pink lemonade to a blender and blend until chunky smooth. Add the mint or basil if using, taste and add more lemonade if desired. DRINK!
If that doesn’t scream summer than I do not know what does.