Watermelon Limeade

We want to drink this summery beverage all summer. Carla Hall uses ripe, seasonal watermelon to make the base for this drink. The watermelon is balanced with fresh lime juice, and a splash of simple sugar brings out the sweetness. Use more or less syrup based on your taste.

Simple Syrup is Your Best Friend for Home BarsHall adds seltzer to the drink to add carbonation and lighten its texture. Seltzer is optional. You can add it when you serve the glass or on the side if your guests don’t want it. Pour it over ice and refrigerate it for a good amount of time. If you’d like to make it an adult cocktail, add 1 ounce of vodka.


  • 4 cups (about 1 pound, 9 ounces) cubed, peeled, seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 3 limes)
  • One teaspoon simple syrup, plus more to taste (see Note)
  • Seltzer water (optional)
  • Four lime wheels


  1. Blend watermelon until smooth (about 1 minute). Add lime juice and blend. The mixture to a large pitcher. Taste and add one teaspoon of simple syrup. Add more syrup according to your preference. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours until the drink is very cold (the glass will separate as it sits).
  2. Pour four glasses full of ice. Pour Watermelon Limeade into glasses filled with ice. If desired, top off with a seltzer. Serve garnished with lime wheels.

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