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For me watermelons have a strong association to hot summer days and nights in Iran. Who can ever forget the heavy oval deep green watermelons from Iran? Seriously! Remember when we were not spoiled like we are today? Our juicy red watermelons had dark seeds that you had to spit out! What a nuisance that was!! Anyway, it is summer time and what can be better than watermelon juice to refresh you on a hot day? What if you combined watermelon juice with some lemonade?! I can tell you what happens… a very good drink happens!

The inspiration for this drink came from a little restaurant named Beach City Grill.

This Persian girl could not get over how awesome this combination was!! Not to mention I was fascinated by the way this drink was presented. So I had to replicate it and share it!

This recipe makes 1/2 gallon or about 2 liters of juice. Also, I like my lemonade on the tart side, hence the syrup in this recipe has 1 cup of sugar to 2 cups of water. If you prefer sweet lemonade, then use the traditional syrup ration which is 1 cup of sugar per cup of water.

Ingredients:

4 cups watermelon juice
2 cups lemon juice
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
mint for garnish

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.

Place syrup in an ice bath to cool down.

Juice watermelon with a juicer.  Remove the foam that settles on top of the juice. It also helps to strain the juice. Place in a bottle and set aside.

Juice lemons with a citrus juicer.

Strain lemon juice. Mix syrup and lemon juice and stir until well mixed. Place in a bottle and set aside on its own.

 When ready to pour drink, in a tall glass add ice. First pour the lemonade as it is the heavier of the two juices.

Place a regular spoon or a pouring spoon, like the one in the picture, over the edge of the glass. Pour watermelon juice over the spoon. This will create the two toned drink.

Place mint on top and enjoy!

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