The Perfect Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

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A refreshing and easy watermelon lemonade recipe that is perfect for summer parties! It’s light and citrusy and can be made with homemade lemonade or store-bought! Truly the most perfect drink for a 4th of July party or pool party!

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With a plethora of lemons that grow around here, I’m always thinking of different ways I can use my favorite homemade lemonade recipe.

This time I gave it the ultimate summer twist and spruced it up by adding fresh, puréed watermelon juice and whole chunks of watermelon in the drink dispenser to make watermelon lemonade!

It really is the best summer drink!

The result is an incredibly delicious watermelon lemonade! The watermelon gives it a sweet and refreshing taste. I served the yummy drink in 24oz plastic cups with lids (perfect for outdoor summer parties) and jumbo straws so you can sip up watermelon chunks.

However, you can also serve in 24-ounce Ball Jars with a large glass straw. These wide-mouth jars are perfect for watermelon lemonade.

Watermelon Lemonade Ingredients

Lemonade – Homemade or Store-bought will work. We love Newman’s Own Light Lemonade.

Watermelon Juice – We use our homemade watermelon juice. It’s the freshest you can get! However, you can buy watermelon juice at the grocery store now. So if you want to keep it easy, just buy it.

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Serve this lemonade in a large drink dispenser or pitcher. It makes a lot, so you will need two pitchers.

Tips for Making Watermelon Lemonade

  • Making it for just the adults? Spike it with some vodka for the perfect summer cocktail!
  • You can also use a sugar substitute when making this. Something like Stevia would help keep the sugar lower. You can also just add less sugar.
  • Add a stick of watermelon, lemon, and ice into a cup. Then, pour the lemonade in. This makes a really pretty presentation. 
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A refreshing and easy watermelon lemonade recipe that is perfect for summer parties! It’s refreshing and can be made with homemade lemonade or store-bought!  #watermelonLemonade

When to Serve Watermelon Lemonade

This drink is made for a party! Serve on any sunny occasion, such as:

Cinco de Mayo

Brunch or Pool Party 

Beach Bonfire 

Birthday Party it’s also perfect for a last-minute birthday party!

Carnival Party or Garden Party 

Tropical Party

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How to Store Watermelon Lemonade

This recipe will last about 5 days in the refrigerator without ice. If you store it with ice it will dilute the lemonade. You can make this recipe a few days ahead of time, but for ultimate freshness, the day before or the day of your party is best.

Store in a pitcher in the refrigerator. 

More Summer Drink Recipes

There is nothing better than a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Here are some drinks we make every season, and they are so good!

Italian Sodas – These are so fun to make with fresh berries, syrups, sparkling water, and cream.

Agua Fresca – Make your own refreshing Agua Fresca with our 4 delicious recipes.

Arnold Palmer – A mix of lemonade and iced tea. This is a very summery and refreshing drink.

Meyer Lemonade – A classic lemonade recipe using sweet and tart Meyer lemons.

Matcha Spritz – An easy spritz recipe with matcha and lemon.

Iced Berry Lemonade – Lemonade made with mixed berries. It has a beautiful color to it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is watermelon full of sugar?

Watermelon isn’t necessarily full of sugar. 92% of it is made up of water alone. 
Still, there is a good chunk of sugar in the remaining 8%. A cup of watermelon has around 10 grams of sugar, depending on the variety. Keep in mind that this is natural sugar, not processed junk.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Drinking Watermelon Juice?

Watermelon contains mostly water, but it contains vitamins like A, B6, and C, lycopene, and antioxidants. Keeps you hydrated, which is perfect during the summer.

Is Homemade Lemonade Healthy?

It can be considered a healthy drink depending on what sugar you use to sweeten it. If you use a natural sweetener or honey, lemonade is healthy to drink. Lemon juice promotes hydration and has a good amount of vitamin c. 

What to Serve with Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon lemonade is the perfect summer drink. To complement its refreshing flavor, try serving it with appetizers such as:

Ham and Cheese Hawaiian Rolls

The Ultimate Cheese Platter

An Epic Fruit Platter and Fruit Dip

Fruit and Cheese Platter

Greek Mezze Platter

Salmon Skewers

Blue Cheese Dip or the Best Goat Cheese Dip

The Best Nachos with Blanco Cheese

The Best Yogurt Tahini Dip

For dessert, serve it with a dessert board or try any of these 4th of July desserts.

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What could be more refreshing on a hot day than this delicious and easy watermelon lemonade recipe? It’s perfect for summer parties! Be sure to give it a try.

More Watermelon Drinks You’ll Love

If you love watermelon as much as we do, check out these watermelon drinks. They’ll keep you hydrated and cool!

  • Watermelon Cooler – This drink is made with cucumber and watermelon and is very hydrating.

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Watermelon Lemonade

A freshing watermelon lemoande recipe that's lightly sweetened and perfect for a crowd!
4.60 from 22 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20 cups
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Eden


Homemade Lemonade (double this recipe to make the 12 cups you will need)

  • 1 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar or sugar substitute (You can add more or less depending on how you life it!)
  • 6 cups water

Watermelon Lemonade

  • 12 cups lemonade
  • 5 cups watermelon juice


Homemade Lemonade

  • Boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add in the fresh squeezed lemon juice and pour into a heatproof glass pitcher. Refrigerate until cold.

Watermelon Lemonade

  • Cut chunks of watermelon and blend until almost liquid.
  • Pour 5 cups watermelon juice in the drink dispenser with 12 cups of lemonade. Add slices of watermelon and lemons and top with ice.


Use homemade or store-bought lemonade. 
Add more or less sugar depending on how sweet you like it.
Make this one day ahead and store it in a pitcher in the refrigerator. 
Add ice to the drink dispenser 15 minutes before the party.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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24 thoughts on “The Perfect Watermelon Lemonade Recipe”

  1. Hey, there! I was hoping to make this for a thanksgiving potluck, and I was wondering if you need to double that homemade lemonade recipe of yours in order to make the watermelon lemonade.

    • Hi Jessica! Yes, double the recipe to make a large batch. Also, taste test to see if you need more or less sugar. Some lemons can be sweet and some very tart. Enjoy!!

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  5. is there a simpler way of doing this if so plz send me a pm let me know i love lemonade an watermelon an would love 2 try this !!! thanks glenda

  6. Is this suppose to have pulp in it? I made it but mine had lots of pulp..any ideas on the juicing part? The recipe was great though! Ty

    • If you are using a blender, try using a nut milk bag to strain the juice from the pulp. Then you can freeze the pulp and use it later for raw breads and crackers.
      Hope that might help you!

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