Watermelon Limeade

Feel free to use fresh lemon or orange juice in place of the lime for a different tangy taste. You can save time by keeping homemade simple syrup (step 1) on hand all summer long. Once reduced, it stays fresh two weeks, covered and chilled. Prep: 15 minutes; Chill: 2 hours.


Makes 3 cups

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1/2 cup sugar
3 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
6 large strawberries, halved
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Garnish: lime slices


1. Combine sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan, and simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.

2. Puree watermelon, strawberry, and lime juice in a food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pressing lightly, and discard solids.

3. Combine watermelon puree with kosher salt and reserved syrup. Chill thoroughly, and serve over ice in cold glasses.

Karen Barker,


July 2008
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