Watermelon Limeade is a lovely way to enjoy the delightful nectar of a perfectly ripe watermelon! Juicy and sweet, this drink is an ideal refresher!
In Utah, we harvest watermelons as early as July. The local farmer’s market starts getting the best ones around mid-August. The rind is a gorgeous, green, and the flesh is a deep red and smells as sweet as it tastes. This is very important for a tastier Watermelon Limeade!
How Do You Know If a Watermelon is Ripe?
I love to handpick the best watermelon! A ripe watermelon should feel heavy. After all, it is mostly water. Knock on the melon or slap it to be sure that you hear a hollow sound. I can be found knocking on every watermelon in the bunch so that I pick the perfect specimen for my Watermelon Limeade. Where the melon meets the earth is called the “field spot.” That is precisely how it sounds, where the melon touches the field. If the field spot is white, it is not ripe. If it is yellow and sounds hollow, you’ve got a ripe watermelon.
Will My Watermelon Ripen After it is Cut From the Vine?
Watermelons do not continue to ripen after they are harvested. This does seem strange, but there is science to back it up. Watermelons are called a non-climacteric fruit, meaning that it does not produce large amounts of ethylene or CO2. Some other fruits in this family are pineapple, tangerines, cherries, grapefruit, oranges, grapes, and strawberries. They start to go bad rather than continuing to ripen. It is imperative to choose a watermelon at the peak of ripeness. This will ensure that your Watermelon Limeade tastes as amazing as it looks!
Watermelon Limeade is a lovely way to enjoy the delightful nectar of a perfectly ripe watermelon! Juicy and sweet, this drink is an ideal refresher!~Wet Whistle Drinks by Darla Bentley
- 3 lbs Seedless watermelon
- 1/2 cup Fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup Fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup Simple Syrup
- 2 cups Water
In a blender add watermelon and mint.
Strain the melon mixture into a large bowl or pitcher.
Add in remaining ingredients and stir.
Serve over ice or chilled. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
**To make a Boozy Watermelon Limeade add 1.5 ounces of white rum to a highball glass and fill with Watermelon Limeade.