Monday, July 18, 2011

watermelon ginger limeaid cocktail

Yummy note: It's Secret Recipe Club time! If you've never heard of the Secret Recipe Club is, then check it out here Amanda's Cookin' and join us! The recipe I'm featuring this month is coming from Lynne's blog Cafe Lynnylu. Lynne's watermelon ginger limeaid. Lynne has a great food photography collection on her site here, so it was pretty cool to be picking from all her wonderful shots. I decided to pick out a drink from her blog for two reasons, 1-it appears she does routine fun little "Thirsty Thursday" entries and 2- I've never done a drink on my blog before, so what a perfect way to start! Below is my cocktail rendition of Watermelon Ginger Limeade. 

Watermelon Ginger Limeade Cocktail

about a half of a large watermelon, roughly 6 or so cups chopped watermelon
1/4 sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
couple of limes, roughly 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
vodka, I used a watermelon vodka I had on hand already

Chop up your watermelon into large pieces. Toss watermelon into blender. (Note, if you don't feel like turning on your blender, you can always just mash up your watermelon pieces by hand.) Pulse the watermelon chunks in the blender until it appears to be frothy and smooth. Pour the watermelon juice mixture through a colander to ensure the fibrous watermelon pulp is left over. In your large bowl, you'll see the pretty pink watermelon juice left behind from the colander. Discard the watermelon pulp and you should have about 4 cups of watermelon juice to use for your drink mix. Set aside juice to chill while you prepare your gingery simple syrup mix.

Next, chop up some fresh ginger, and add to a small saucepan with the sugar and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool liquid to room temperature. (Note: I couldn't wait to try my drink, so I really skipped through this cooling step, and added some ice cubes to the syrup mixture to speed it up a bit.) In a larger pitcher or container, combine chilled watermelon juice, ginger syrup, and your freshly squeezed lime juice together. At this point, you can serve your watermelon ginger limeaid (in the non-alcoholic form).

For those that want the extra cocktail kick, add a shot of vodka to your drink. Serve your drinks in a pretty sugar rimmed glass with watermelon wedges. Sit back and enjoy this summery drink. :)


  1. I adore watermelon drinks and this one looks wonderful with the addition of ginger.

    I was assigned your blog this month and had so much fun reading through all your recipes and trying to pick just one to make. I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month, from your blog of course: Holy Guacamole. I'm looking forward to making more of your recipes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  2. Looks so refreshing. I have to get a watermelon!

  3. Love this cocktail, everyone I know LOVES watermelon :)
    So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. This looks amazing :)

  4. Wow! Watermelon cocktails around. Delish. SRC is so much fun. I enjoy participating with you.

  5. This sounds like just what I need witht the weather right now. Great job on the SRC and you should post this over on my Friday Night Drinks link...
    Thanks for sharing...

  6. I've just recently had a watermelon beverage and it was out of this world! I'm so happy you chose this one and now I'm eager to have to out by the pool. Wonderful SRC post!!

  7. What a wonderful cool drink for the summer.

  8. Heather, thanks for featuring the watermelon limeade from my blog. I could have sworn that I wrote a comment on this post telling you how much I liked your version with the vodka. At any rate, your drink looks smashing! Thanks!!

  9. Looks refreshing and perfect for summer. Glad to be part of SRC with you!

    I love the background on your blog with the utensils. So cute!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh