Published Jun 20th
Prep 15m Cook 1h Additional - Ready In 1h 15m
Servings 8 servings Calories 156.3

This is a recipe I created in an effort to duplicate my favorite lemonade from a cafe in downtown L.A. called, well, ‘Lemonade’. I don’t like it too sweet, so if you want to add more sugar, cool. But I think that this recipe is perfect. It also makes a great martini served in a sugar-rimmed glass with a garnish of watermelon wedge and a twist of lemon! Simply fabulous!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 sprig rosemary, leaves stripped and chopped
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 12 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 8 cups ice cubes

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rosemary, and set aside to steep for 1 hour.
  2. 2 Place half of the lemon juice, and half of the watermelon into a blender. Strain the rosemary syrup through a mesh strainer into the blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Strain into a pitcher, then puree the remaining lemon juice and watermelon. Stir the lemonade before serving over ice.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 156.3
  • Carbohydrate 41.2 g
  • Fat 0.3 g
  • Fiber 1.2 g
  • Protein 1.6 g
  • Sodium 4.7 mg
  • Sugar 34.3 g


  1. I LOVED this. It was so unique and refreshing and a bit floral. If it were just me I'd give it 5 stars. However I made it for a party and only about half my guests liked it. So I don't know if I'd make something this unique for a mixed crowd again. But I - Read more ...
  2. This drink is delicious! Very refreshing and the flavors work so well together. Will definitely make again!
  3. This was just OK in my opinion. I liked it better after it sat for a bit. I could not detect any rosemary flavor at all which is what I was interested in tasting. All I really got was somewhat of a bitter taste from the lemons. If you are not into tart flavor add - Read more ...
  4. Only one person out of 10 didn't like it! A little too bitter for me but still good. I wish I had chilled the glasses though.
  5. I was so happy to find this as I've been craving it! The recipe is amazing I used a full cup of sugar and about 6 sprigs of rosemary. A little messy but totally yummy!
  6. This was a nice lemonade. But next time I will squeeze juice from watermelon for the perfect lemonade texture. Be sure to refregirate this lemonade a few hours or overnight before serving it will be much better.
  7. A very interesting change from the typical lemonade. Even my family (who don't typically welcome 'different' recipes) enjoyed this!
  8. Tastes great. A little labor intensive. But well worth the work.
  9. Wow! This is excellent - and loved by 4 teenage boys, too. Got busy and ended up leaving my rosemary steeping for about 3 hours instead of 1 - which turned out fine. Tip: 1 largish baby 'seedless' watermelon makes almost exactly 12 cups of cubed melon - and you don't have to seed it. - Read more ...

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