06.25.15

SUMMER SNACKING

summer is officially upon us, and with hot weather comes more opportunities to lounge with my friends on my new back patio or by the pool. we created an assortment of 3 lemonades that are perfect for summer entertaining. we paired them with blue diamond sriracha flavored almonds (which are the best new spicy addition to the snack world!) and watermelon which was delicious and a great alternative to setting out a bowl of chips.

Here is a simple lemonade recipe that can easily be adjusted to your tastes. I love how versatile this is and can be swapped with your favorite take on it. We made three flavors – thyme, watermelon and cucumber mint. Start with a base lemonade recipe and mix in a large pitcher with ice.

Base Ingredients: 
• 3 cups cold water
• 1 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 cup sugar

• For a watermelon lemonade, chop and remove the rind of half a large watermelon. In a blender blend for about 20-30 seconds or until smooth. Strain liquid through a strainer in a large bowl and add 1/2 cup of sugar. Add the watermelon juice to the base lemonade recipe. You can adjust the sugar amount according to how sweet your watermelon is. Garnish with lemon slices.

• For a thyme lemonade, we started by making a simple syrup. Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar to a boil or until a light syrup forms. Place the thyme in a separate bowl and pour the boiling syrup on top, let sit for about an hour or so (this syrup would be great in a gin cocktail too, if you’re looking for something spiked). Add the thyme syrup to your base lemonade recipe and enjoy with lots of ice and thyme as garnish.

• For a cucumber mint lemonade, peel two cucumbers and place in a blender with 2 large sprigs of mint and 1/4 cup of water. Blend until smooth. Strain the liquid until the pulp is separated. Since the cucumbers add no additional sweetness we added 1/2 sugar to the base lemonade recipe. Pour over an ice filled glass and garnish with cucumber slices and mint leaves.

voila! you will feel fancy serving these to your friends under the sun!

photos and styling by: ivan solis
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this post is in partnership with blue diamond almonds. all opinions are my own.

12 COMMENTS

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    Such yummy snackage and all of those lemonades sound so refreshingly sweet

    Ooh I’m going to have to try all three of these, but most especially the watermelon lemonade! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Danielle says:

    I was almost too distracted by the impeccable styling to pick a recipe to try. Almost. The thyme ant mint sound so unexpected that I think I’ll try one of those!

    Danielle | D is for Dreamer

    Yum! These look so tasty! Nicely photographed as well. I feel like I’m at a picnic!
    Happy Summer!
    xx Lane

    Kaitlyn says:

    Okay, I love everything about this post – the colors are so fun and summery! I want all of these now (especially since it’s rainy and gross where I’m at today!)

    – Kaitlyn | http://www.TheCrownFox.com

    Mandy says:

    Do you have a suggestion for what non-sugar sweetener would work best in these recipes?

    Oh my gersh! Watermelon lemonade? This is genius! I recently discovered watermelon juice and am obsessed! This looks so refershing 🙂

    Pakde says:

    Slurrrp… Yummy.
    This beverage look very delicious (upppss… I am on fasting, hihi) Yes, I am moslem. But I like those pictures. Beautiful and very appetizing me. ;P

    Best regard

    Mat Depan says:

    Very Delicious!!! 😀

    I am very like!

    riris says:

    whoaaa, it’s perfect recipes. Loveeee watermelon so much, gonna go to try this by my self. thank you for share..xo!

    Kait says:

    This look AMAZING. Now my only problem is, which one should I make first!

    summer style says:

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    I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
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    Good luck for the next!

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