Take advantage of sweet summer melon and cool down with my refreshing Honeydew Lemonade!
After another beautiful, warm weekend in New York City, I was once again inspired to make a delicious and refreshing drink. Now that the local farmers' markets are brimming with mouthwatering summer fruit, I like to stock up on these seasonal delights. To keep things interesting, I’m always trying to find new and creative ways to use the fruit. For example, I love making fresh drinks- they’re perfect on a hot day and they make it really easy to get in a few servings of nutritious fruit. A few weeks ago I made a Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade which was a big hit, so I figured I would stick with the lemonade theme and incorporate the ripe honeydew melon that I had sitting on my counter.
I love honeydew but I sometimes hesitate to buy a whole melon since it’s just me and my husband eating it so we usually have a lot left over. This is actually a perfect recipe to use up any leftover fruit that you may have sitting in the fridge. Honeydew is packed with plenty of Vitamin C to help boost your immune system- 1 cup of diced melon has about half of your daily recommended amount. It also is a good source of several other vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B6, folate and potassium.
This recipe is really easy- simply puree the fruit in a blender and add fresh lemon juice and water. If your honeydew is very ripe, you probably won't need to add any additional sweetener but if needed, you can add a small amount of honey or other sweetener of your choice. The amount you use depends on how sweet the honeydew is. So start with a little- you can always add more if needed.
For a fun twist, make some melon ball ice cubes to add to your glass of Honeydew Lemonade. Simply scoop out some balls from the honeydew using a melon baller and place them in the freezer for a few hours until completely frozen. Then, when you're ready to enjoy your drink, add them to your glass. They look adorable, taste great, and will keep your drink cold without diluting it!
If you like your drinks with a little sparkle, you can also try stirring some sparkling water into your glass of Honeydew Lemonade. Enjoy!
Take advantage of sweet summer melon and cool down with my refreshing Honeydew Lemonade!Print Pin Rate
- 2 lbs. ripe honeydew melon (about ½ medium melon)
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 ½ cups water
- Optional: honey or sweetener of your choice (depending on the sweetness of the fruit)
- Peel and cube the honeydew and puree it in a blender. You should have about 2 cups of puree. Pour it into a pitcher along with the lemon juice and water and stir to combine well. If needed, add a tablespoon or two of honey or other sweetener (if the honeydew is ripe and very sweet, you won't need to use any additional sweetener). If desired, strain the honeydew lemonade before pouring into glasses. Serve over ice.
For a fun twist, make some melon ball ice cubes to add to your drink. Using a melon baller, scoop some balls from the honeydew and place them in the freezer for a few hours until completely frozen. Then, when you're ready to enjoy your drink, add them to your glass. They look adorable, taste great, and will keep your drink cold without diluting it!
Serving: 0g | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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