Citrus Watermelonade

(Family Features) A staple of warm weekend days, brunch combines the best flavors of the first two meals of the day. Every great brunch spread complements its savory items with something sweet, something refreshing and a signature beverage, and there’s one ingredient that can help cover all of those bases – 100% orange juice.

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Citrus Watermelonade

1 cup hot water
2 cups sugar
6 cups watermelon, seeded, rind removed and cut into 1-inch pieces, divided
2 cups Florida Orange Juice
1 cup Florida Grapefruit Juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup lime juice
2 cups Florida Oranges, cut into 1-inch pieces, peeled
1/2 cup mint leaves
ice, for serving
Florida Orange Slices, for garnish (optional)
watermelon chunks, for garnish (optional)

In small saucepan over low heat, combine hot water and sugar; heat until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until chilled.

In blender, puree 4 cups watermelon until smooth.

In large pitcher, stir watermelon juice, chilled sugar syrup, orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and lime juice until combined.

Add remaining watermelon pieces, orange pieces and mint leaves; refrigerate 2-3 hours until well chilled.

Serve over ice in glasses. Garnish with orange slices and watermelon chunks, if desired.


Source: Florida Department of Citrus