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watermelo-strawberry-lemonadeWe celebrated July 4th, 2020 with a BBQ with my second cousin and his wife. Of course, there are always leftovers. Among the items in my Trader Joe’s haul was a mini watermelon, strawberries for the dessert and some of their Strawberry Sparking Water. I had strawberries and watermelon leftover and I’ve seen so many posts online lately about watermelon drinks I went searching for something. And I found this recipe for Frozen Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade. It sounded delicious, so I used it as a base for my own adaptation.

First, I didn’t use frozen fruit (Her post says freeze the watermelon, but I think you could do either if you want the drink to be slushy, or you could probably use ice cubes in place of the water).  I just decided I wanted it unfrozen (it’s not that hot here in Oregon yet).

I didn’t really measure the fruit either. I had half a big box of strawberries and maybe four or five cups of watermelon balls. It would have been impossible to “seed” the watermelon, so I didn’t. Once it was blended, most of the seeds floated to the top and it was super easy to just skim them off.

I juiced two lemons and instead of water, I used a can of the TJ’s sparkling strawberry. Also, I used 1/2 cup “Truvia” brand sweetener instead of sugar to make it lighter in cals. Since I don’t have a food processor and my blender is just a small “Ninja” I put everything in a big mixing bowl and used the hand blender instead. Worked great. Skimmed out the seeds and poured it into the pitcher and added a tray of ice.

I think you could really use any combo of fruit with the watermelon. I have some frozen raspberries and blueberries, which I think I’ll try next. And of course, you could kick it up with maybe some raspberry vodka or other alcohol for a fun party drink. Cheers!