Spread a little sunshine at home

This recipe is perfect for brightening up your day. Easy to make, it incorporates a fresh element not used in your basic lemonade, yellow watermelon. Fragrant, tasteful and natural, this fruit is a beautiful and delicious way to brighten up any drink, or day. 

Serves:

10-12 cups

Ready In:

15 mins – 2 hrs

Type:

Light

Seasons:

Spring, Summer

Inroduction

About this Recipe

By: Nuvya Sharda

If this is your first time here, hi! I’m Nuvya, and this is my blog where I publish original recipes that I make by hand. This recipe is actually the first drink I’ve ever made by myself (without instructions.) Some people enjoy cooking, some people like baking, but I love making drinks. No, that doesn’t mean my dream job is a barista at Starbucks, it’s just a hobby I like to work on in my spare time. Anyway, enough about me. You came here for the recipe, not my life story. This recipe is one of my personal favorites. The pure watermelon taste without the overwhelming sweetness is my favorite component in this drink. It’s easy to make, delightful to drink, and – well, not so fun to clean up after. (Just kidding, it’s not that messy).  

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups yellow watermelon
  • 1 persian cucumber
  • 3 cups + as needed water
  • (optional) 1 handful fresh mint 
  • (optional) 1/4 cup lemon
  • (optional) 1 drop yellow food coloring (if the drink is not as vibrant in color as you would like it to be)
  • 1/3 – 2/3 cup sugar (1/3 for barely sweet, 1/2 for sweet, 2/3 for very sweet)

Yellow watermelon steals the show in this beautifully crafted drink. Cucumber adds an extra flavor, which perfectly balances out all the components in this drink that can only be described as liquid sunshine. Sweet, mellow and a vibrant yellow color, this type of watermelon is has the most exisite taste. This recipe harnesses the wonderful flavor of this unique fruit and uses it in all the right ways. 

Instructions

Step 1

Blend yellow watermelon into juice in a blender. Make sure that the watermelon is properly blended, otherwise you will have large chunks of watermelon floating around in your drink. I suggest you add some of it to a bit of water and see if the watermelon blends with the water (meaning it is almost liquid – which is perfect) or it floats in chunks at the top (which means you should blend it a little more).

Step 2

Grate the cucumber into a bowl. (Optional) Transfer watermelon and cucumber into a pitcher and mix.

Step 3

This is the recipe for the sugar syrup. If you would like to avoid having to cool the syrup for an hour or two, you can just add the desired amount of sugar directly to the drink (but keep in mind the latter may result in the sugar still being crystallized and unable to disperse correctly). Pour 3 cups of water in a small pot. Add the sugar and boil until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool. 

Step 4 

 If you have not already, transfer the watermelon and cucumber into a pitcher. Add the sugar (syrup) and mix well. (Optional) Add the lemon, mint, and/or food coloring. I recommend adding the mint for a nice flavor, but it’s your choice. Enjoy!