A First Taste Of Summertime

Healthy Karpouzi (Watermelon) In Liquid Form

Healthy Karpouzi (Watermelon) In Liquid Form

The first day of summer is less than 2 weeks away, but the sun is shining in Southern California and it feels like summer is already here.  There is something about a fruity cocktail, enjoyed outside on a summer evening that brings back memories of tropical vacations and good times with friends.

With the economy the way that is is these days, we have started a new tradition with some of our friends, happy hour at home.  Last week we ventured over to a friend’s house and sat outside and enjoyed a new cocktail, a spiked watermelon lemonade.  Each of us brought an appetizer to share.  It got us thinking that unemployed or not, this was a great way to spend any evening.  It was so much more relaxing than any bar, and we ate some delicious homemade foods and enjoyed tasty beverages.  Responsibly of course.  I guess now that we are in our thirties, we don’t feel the need to hit the bar scene every weekend, but we do still want to get out and enjoy time with friends.  Happy hour at home is a great way to do just that.

Below is the recipe for Watermelon Lemonade, adapted from the California Sol Food Casual Cooking from the Junior League of San Diego. Cheers! Yamas!

Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail

Recipe adapted by Allison Baloglu, from the California Sol Food Casual Cooking from the Junior League of San Diego
Makes about 8-10 servings


4 cups pureed seeded watermelon
2 cups water, sparkling water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1-2 cups of vodka (optional, omit for a non-alcoholic beverage)
1 cup sugar


Step 1: Puree the watermelon in a food processor or blender.  Squeeze several fresh lemons and set the juice to the side.

Step 2: Mix the watermelon puree, water, lemon juice, vodka and sugar in a large pitcher.  Stir to mix well.  Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill.

To Serve: Fill a glass with ice.  Pour the lemonade over the ice and garnish with lemon and sprigs of fresh mint.  Enjoy responsibly!

Note: Omit the vodka for a non-alcoholic version.  Try replacing the sparkling water with sparkling wine or regular tap water for a variation of this cocktail.

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