Watermelon Limeade

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Every summer occasion requires a refreshing beverage to enjoy poolside, and this watermelon limeade recipe is a perfect choice. This drink features fresh watermelon, savory herbs, and lime, which will suit everyone’s taste buds. Since it is non-alcoholic, this drink recipe is accessible to everyone as well, even those on a gluten free diet.

This watermelon beverage is very similar to the agua fresca recipes from Mexico, which blend different kinds of fruit with sugar and water. These drinks are ideal for beating the heat since they use the fruits that are in season and are light and refreshing. Common fruits for agua frescas are guava, mangoes, melons, limes or pineapple, among others. This drink recipe classifies itself more as a limeade rather than an agua fresca, however, but they are very similar in nature. A limeade recipe consists of a simple syrup along with the juice and zest of limes. A simply syrup is a mixture of sugar and water, which have been dissolved together over heat, and then cooled. Simple syrup is most frequently used to sweeten cocktails, and is ideal for those drinks because granulated sugar doesn’t dissolve in cold liquids very easily. If granulated sugar is added to cold liquid as is, the drink may seem granular as it is being enjoyed. In the case of this watermelon limeade recipe, Truvia is used in place of granulated sugar to create a simple syrup. Truvia is a sweetener from the stevia plant and erythritol for a low-calorie sugar substitute for people with diabetes. This sweetener is also gluten-free. When you are serving a crowd, it is wonderful to know that you can serve a wide variety of people when preparing this watermelon drink recipe. You could even consider substituting the sugar in all your homemade beverages from your easy lemonade recipe to homemade hot chocolate.

Like other fruits, watermelons are very high in sugar, but these fruit facts shouldn’t trump it since it is very nutritious. Watermelons are also very high in vitamin C and vitamin A and are high in potassium. Since a sweetener like Truvia is used to create a healthier beverage recipe, it will be safe for everyone to enjoy some of this beverage at a backyard barbecue or pool party. Limes are another fruit that is high in sugar, but otherwise has a lot of nutrition. One lime can give you thirty-two percent of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C and eight per cent of your DRI of fiber. Additionally, limes have high amounts of calcium and iron.

Nutrition Facts for: Watermelon Limeade from With Salt and Wit

Ingredients: Watermelon, limes, water, truvia.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 10, Calories from Fat 1, Total Fat 0.1g 0%, Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 2mg 0%, Potassium 35mg 1%, Carbohydrates 5.9g 2%, Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4%, Sugars 2.9g, Protein 0.2g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 16%, Calcium 1%, Iron 1%

Although you may be inclined to prepare this delicious beverage recipe on a regular basis, feel free to create your versions with other types of fruit and citrus. Instead of watermelon, substitute with strawberries or raspberries if you have those more readily available. Other varieties of melon, like honeydew, would work well with the flavors of lime and mint as well. Thank you to Megan, the author of ‘With Salt and Wit’ recipe blog, for sharing her watermelon limeade recipe with us.

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