Watermelon Lemon Drink with Rosemary

    1 hour 15 minutes

    I love this as an unusual cool drink. I don't like it too sweet, so if you want to add more sugar, cool. But I think that this recipe is perfect.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 cups (500ml) water
    • 3/4 cup (185g) white sugar
    • 1 sprig rosemary, leaves (about 10cm long) stripped and chopped
    • 2 cups lemon juice
    • 1 medium watermelon, seeded and cubed
    • 8 cups ice cubes

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rosemary, and set aside to steep for 1 hour.
    2. Place half of the lemon juice, and half of the watermelon into a blender. Strain the rosemary syrup through a mesh strainer into the blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Strain into a jug, then puree the remaining lemon juice and watermelon. Refrigerate till cold. Stir the drink before serving over ice.

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    Wow! This is excellent - and loved by 4 teenage boys, too. Got busy and ended up leaving my rosemary steeping for about 3 hours instead of 1 - which turned out fine. Tip: 1 largish baby 'seedless' watermelon makes almost exactly 12 cups of cubed melon - and you don't have to seed it. I'm sure fresh lemon juice would be best, but after squeezing forever to get 1 cup, I supplemented the rest with bottled lemon (I told you I need a citrus press, MisterByrd, take note). Tastes fantastic! A bit time consuming, but fun for every once in a while. Thanks!!  -  19 Aug 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was a nice lemonade. But next time I will squeeze juice from watermelon for the perfect lemonade texture. Be sure to refregirate this lemonade a few hours or overnight before serving, it will be much better.  -  31 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was just OK in my opinion. I liked it better after it sat for a bit. I could not detect any rosemary flavor at all, which is what I was interested in tasting. All I really got was somewhat of a bitter taste from the lemons. If you are not into tart flavor, add more sugar than called for. I was wishing I had added a bit more. Don't think I would go out of my way to make this again, but it is a good way to use of a lot of watermelon quickly if you need to.  -  01 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)