My kids love juices and lemonade, but I don’t always love the amount of sugar found in store-bought brands. Making your own drinks definitely takes more time, but you can control the ingredients (including the sugar content). Since fruits include their own sugar, you definitely can limit the amount you put in your own drinks. I recently make this refreshing watermelon lemonade recipe, and the kids loved it.
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Refreshing Watermelon Lemonade Recipe
4 Tablespoons of Agave Nectar (you can adjust this up or down based upon your preferences)
6 cups of water
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (Depending on the size of the lemons, it should take around 3-7)
2 tsp of lemon zest (I use a zester to make this easier)
2 cups of diced watermelon
Note that as a fresh juice, this is not pasteurized, so drink it quickly after making it, and always refrigerate it.
Put the agave nectar and the water in a pot and boil it to melt the agave into the water. Once it’s boiling, set it aside to cool down.
Cut the lemons in quarters and remove the seeds. Squeeze them into a 1/2 cup measuring cup. Make sure that none of the seeds are left, because they can make the lemonade bitter.
Zest the skin of one of the lemons until you have about 2 teaspoons
Cut the watermelon into cubes and measure out 2 cups
Combine everything, including the cooled down agave/water mixture into a blender, and blend until the watermelon is completely pureed.
If you want pulp, just pour right from the blender into a pitcher. Add ice as you serve. Otherwise, you’ll want to strain the mixture first, before pouring into a pitcher.
Garnish with mint and serve.