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June 21, 2017

Spiked Watermelon Limeade

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Spiked Watermelon Limeade is the pitcher drink of our dreams! This beautiful pink cocktail highlights just four ingredients for the ultimate summertime cocktail: watermelon, mint, lime and vodka. Puree watermelon chunks, then strain, and add to a pitcher with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade mint simple syrup. Pour in vodka and chill, then serve to your besties! Refreshing and summery, this Spiked Watermelon Limeade makes a tasty sipper!

Spiked Watermelon Limeade is the pitcher drink of our dreams! Featuring just four ingredients - watermelon, mint, lime and vodka - this beautiful red cocktail makes an amazing summertime sipper! #recipe #cocktail

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Pitcher drinks are best enjoyed during the summertime months.

And I am so pumped that my gal pals and I got together for another drink collaboration because OMG, pitcher drinks.

They’re dreamy.

They’re easy to make.

And they’re something we all need to enjoy this summer!

Spiked Watermelon Limeade is the pitcher drink of our dreams! Featuring just four ingredients - watermelon, mint, lime and vodka - this beautiful red cocktail makes an amazing summertime sipper! #recipe #cocktail

As a Southern girl, I’m a wee bit obsessed with watermelon, though I’ve never shared any watermelon recipes here.

Probably because whenever we have watermelon in the fridge, it ends up being gobbled right up before I can do anything else with it.

And honestly, isn’t watermelon wonderful enough on its own without having to do anything with it?

Spiked Watermelon Limeade is the pitcher drink of our dreams! Featuring just four ingredients - watermelon, mint, lime and vodka - this beautiful red cocktail makes an amazing summertime sipper! #recipe #cocktail

However, today, I’m introducing this watermelon recipe, and y’all should be excited. Because this Spiked Watermelon Limeade can be made one of two ways: with or without booze.

Yes, I realize ‘Spiked’ is in the title, but I made a pitcher of this goodness last summer sans vodka, and it was delightful.

Have no fear: it’s equally tasty with the vodka, too.

However, if you don’t/can’t drink or are serving kiddos, you can 100% make this without booze and still get a tasty result.

Spiked Watermelon Limeade is the pitcher drink of our dreams! Featuring just four ingredients - watermelon, mint, lime and vodka - this beautiful red cocktail makes an amazing summertime sipper! #recipe #cocktail

This pitcher drink requires a little hands-on time.

You puree the watermelon, then strain it.

You’ve got to make the mint simple syrup.

You have to pour everything together and mix them in the pitcher.

But honestly, you can prepare this in advance, then let it chill in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve.

Spiked Watermelon Limeade is the pitcher drink of our dreams! Featuring just four ingredients - watermelon, mint, lime and vodka - this beautiful red cocktail makes an amazing summertime sipper! #recipe #cocktail

Spiked Watermelon Limeade would make a gorgeous drink to serve on July 4th – I mean, look at that color! – and it would also be amazing at a ladies’ night.

Versatility, y’all.

This limeade has it.

And it’s gonna be something you and yours will want to continue sipping all summer long!

Spiked Watermelon Limeade is the pitcher drink of our dreams! Featuring just four ingredients - watermelon, mint, lime and vodka - this beautiful red cocktail makes an amazing summertime sipper! #recipe #cocktail

Spiked Watermelon Limeade Essentials

Get the look!

Interested in making a pitcher of this goodness?

Be sure to visit Madison’s Peach Raspberry Sangria and Meghan’s Patriotic Tom Collins Punch, then scroll on down to learn how to make this boozy limeade.

Spiked Watermelon Limeade
Yield: 8 drinks

Spiked Watermelon Limeade

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Spiked Watermelon Limeade is the pitcher drink of our dreams! This beautiful pink cocktail highlights just four ingredients for the ultimate summertime cocktail: watermelon, mint, lime and vodka. Puree watermelon chunks, then strain, and add to a pitcher with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade mint simple syrup. Pour in vodka and chill, then serve to your besties! Refreshing and summery, this Spiked Watermelon Limeade makes a tasty sipper!

Ingredients

Mint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 sprig fresh mint (about 10 leaves)

Watermelon Liquor

  • 2 cups watermelon, bite-sized

Spiked Watermelon Limeade

  • 1 ½ cups watermelon liquor (recipe above)
  • 1 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¾ cup mint simple syrup
  • ½ - ¾ cup vodka

Instructions

Make the Mint Simple Syrup

  1. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat the water and sugar together over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.
  3. Add the sprig of mint, and steep for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain the simple syrup, and transfer into a mason jar. Cap and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Make the Watermelon Liquor

  1. Measure out the watermelon chunks, and place in the base of a blender.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the watermelon liquor to remove the pulp.

Make the Limeade

  1. In a pitcher, combine the watermelon liquor, freshly squeezed lime juice, mint simple syrup and vodka.
  2. Stir until combined, then chill.
  3. Serve cold (or over ice) with slice of lime, and enjoy!

Notes

This limeade can easily be made in advance and chilled until time to enjoy.

If you're serving a mixed crowd, prepare the limeade without the vodka. When serving, add vodka to individual glasses, as per your guests' request.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 drink

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 318 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 72g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 62g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

How do you feel about watermelon?

Would you drink this limeade with or without the booze?

18 Comments

  1. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    I am obsessed with this cherry limeade mix I have right now but THIS is going to be my new obsession!! Watermelon is oh-so perfect for summer!

    • Erin

      DO IT! I’m all about the cherry limeade, too, but man, watermelon limeade sure hits the spot! Super refreshing, too. CHEERS, friend!

  2. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Same here – the watermelon disappears the same day I buy it! 😀 I need to save it next time to make this limeade! Sounds fantastic!

    • Erin

      If you are able to squirrel it away, I’m excited to hear what you think! And if not, just keep enjoying that fresh watermelon. It’s hard to beat this time of year!

  3. Jen

    Summers were made for watermelon and this drink is pure perfection!

    • Erin

      Yes, they definitely were! Thank you, and CHEERS!

  4. eatgood4life

    This is my kind of drink. I would love to have a couple of these over the weekend.

    • Erin

      YAY! I love to hear that! And I wish there was a way for me to share these beauts with you because they’re yummy and so perfect for weekend sipping.

  5. Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

    I can so make this a mocktail! I love it!

    • Erin

      Yes, you definitely can! In fact, I made this as a mocktail first, and we all loved it!

  6. Katerina @ diethood .com

    Yes, please!! This is so light and refreshing!! YUM!

    • Erin

      I’m all about those light and refreshing drinks these days! Enjoy!

  7. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    This looks so refreshing! Perfect for hot summer days!

    • Erin

      Yes, it is! And it’s wonderful to cool down with on a hot day, that’s for sure. 🙂

  8. Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

    OH MY WORD. This looks uhmazing. I can’t wait to make a pitcher of this and I love that it can be made sans booze too!

    • Erin

      DO IT, lady! You won’t be disappointed!

  9. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    This is JUST the thing for my 4th of July cookout! I am so intrigued by the watermelon liquor. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Erin

      Woohoo! I hope you and yours enjoy this as much as we did. Watermelon is so perfect for the summertime, and this combination of flavors is spot on for me. 🙂

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