Refreshing with a little kick, this watermelon jalapeno lemonade is perfect for summers!
Summers call for fruity-ice-cold drinks.Lemonades are always my first choice as they are super simple to make – a simple sugar syrup and lots of lemon juice and ice! But lately it has been getting kind of monotonous and I wanted to break the pattern by making something that would utilize the bounty of fresh fruits available right now.
Watermelon is one of the best fruits in my view to satisfy those summer cravings when you are trying so hard to get in shape to fit into those summer clothes you bought last year thinking you would loose weight by next summers! Ha!
I totally get you as I always find myself in that situation!
With grocery stores packed with gorgeous summer fruits, it is but mandatory to put these to good use! I enjoy eating fruits in their original form but sometimes desserts and drinks just make them taste way better.
I wanted to do something with watermelon drink wise but non alcoholic. Not that I have a problem but Friday nights some days call for simple drinks where rather than getting all sleepy (which happens to me more than often after just one drink!), you want to enjoy the conversation and relax.
But you can totally add any kind of booze if you want to go that way! Not that I will judge! Vodka would taste great here, I am sure.
Oh, and this jalapeno?! I have seriously never tried a drink with any sort of spice before. But this fresh jalapeno totally does the job here. Why did I never thought of adding jalapenos in drinks before?! Well, better late than never.
Jalapeno provides a subtle kick to this drink which keeps this lemonade mellow but with a slight kick. Serve it with hummus and chips, fried jalapenos with jalapeno cheddar dip (recipe coming soon!) and lots of ice!
- 5 cups chopped watermelon
- ½ jalapeno
- 1 cup cold water
- 5-7 mint leaves
- Juice of 3 lemons
- 4 Tbsp brown sugar for sugar syrup
- 1 cup water for sugar syrup
- In a pot, add 1 cup water and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Stir and once all the sugar dissolves take it off heat. Set aside.
- In a high speed blender, add watermelon, jalapeno, cold water, mint and lemon juice and blend until it gets all smooth. You can do it in parts also if your blender in not that big. Strain. Add sugar syrup and stir. Taste and adjust lemon juice or sugar if needed. Chill for few hours before serving.
- Stir before serving. Serving with ice.
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ela@GrayApron saysMay 31, 2014 at 2:59 AM
Well…I never thought about it either … adding jalapeños. So thanks very much for a beautiful and delicious inspiration!Positively refreshing!
naivecookcooks saysMay 31, 2014 at 3:13 PM
Thanks!! I know right?! It ended up tasting very nice!
Allison saysMay 31, 2014 at 7:36 AM
Whoa! I’ve never seen this combo before. I really need to try it. I love the sweet and spicy combo you have going here. It would be super refreshing on a hot summer day. I might have to whip this up for a little get-together I’m hosting in the next couple of weeks -I think people would be really surprised by it! So cool!
naivecookcooks saysMay 31, 2014 at 3:05 PM
Thanks Allison! Yeah even everybody at my place loved it! You should try it!
House in Tillford saysMay 31, 2014 at 8:03 PM
What an interesting combo! Fresh and spicy in a juice!
naivecookcooks saysMay 31, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Chris @ Shared Appetite saysJune 1, 2014 at 8:04 AM
This is brilliant!! I would have never thought of making lemonade with watermelong and jalapeno… but it’s so so so so so creative and smart! Pinning!
naivecookcooks saysJune 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Angie (@angiesrecipess) saysJune 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM
A fascinating idea of adding jalapeños in lemonade! It looks surely very tasty.
naivecookcooks saysJune 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Thanks! Hope you try them!
Jessica @ www.caretakerskitchen.com saysJune 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM
This looks so refreshing! I like to make watermelon agua frescas in the summer, so I’ll have to give this a try.
naivecookcooks saysJune 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Thanks Jessica!! You must try this! You will love it!