Watermelon Ginger Limeade

By: Sheilah Kaufman

By the end of summer, our go-to recipes for lemonade are worn out. This recipe takes a fresh look at summer ingredients, creating a refreshing summer drink similar to lemonade but is sure to bring you out of your end-of-summer drink boredom. 

If you have extra watermelon, cut it into chunks and freeze it in a single layer. Then you will have it on hand to re-create this cocktail in a flash! Or put into water of lemonade as ice cube substitutes!


  • 3 lbs. watermelon chunks (about ½ of a 10-inch round melon)
  • Zest of two fresh limes
  • juice of two freshly squeezed limes
  • ¾ cup ginger syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 12-oz. can ginger ale, lemon lime soda, or club soda
  • 3 sprigs mint, for garnish

Reserve 8 nice chunks of watermelon for garnish; set aside. In blender jar, place remaining melon chunks, lime zest, lime juice and ginger syrup. Process until smooth. Pour into serving pitcher and chill.

Ginger syrup:

In a two cup microwavable measuring cup, measure 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water. Add 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, thinly sliced into julienne strips. Bring mixture to boil, then set aside to cool. Store in refrigerator.

To serve, pour soda into the watermelon mixture and stir carefully. Pour into tall glasses, over ice if desired. Garnish with watermelon chunks and mint.

Serves 4.

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A popular lecturer and expert on Mediterranean cooking and Jewish culinary history and traditions, Sheilah has been a guest speaker for The Library of Congress, The National Book Festival, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival  In addition, she is a popular lecturer for Jewish Federations, Hadassah, diplomatic groups, and Oasis, and has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs (including Martha Stewart Live) across the nation. Sheilah also does consulting and has developed recipes and served as a national spokesperson for a number of international companies. Visit Sheilah's website here!