Five-Minute Cantaloupe Lemonade


A warm day is always better with a cold drink in hand, don’t you think? Today, we’re happy to share Amber Wilson’s recipe for delicious cantaloupe lemonade from her new cookbook, For the Love of the South. It’s sweet and bitter, and the perfect complement to any party appetizer. Here’s how to churn it out…

Cantaloupe Lemonade
From Amber Wilson’s For the Love of the South

I can’t think of a more refreshing, effortless way to serve cantaloupe than with this cantaloupe lemonade. The sweetness of the melon complements the tart lemonade in a beautiful way. Leftover cantaloupe can be sliced, covered and stashed away in the fridge for later. For an elegant summertime cocktail, top off cantaloupe lemonade with prosecco or sparkling wine.

Recipe: Cantaloupe Lemonade
Makes 4 1/2 cups

1/2 cup cantaloupe juice (see below)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 1 1/2 lemons)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
Ice, for serving

To make the cantaloupe juice, roughly chop 1/4 of a peeled medium cantaloupe. Puree the cantaloupe using a blender or an immersion blender and strain the cantaloupe puree through a fine-mesh sieve.

Juice enough lemons to produce 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Add the lemon juice to a large pitcher along with the cantaloupe juice and 3 cups cold water. In a bowl, stir together the sugar and boiling water until the sugar dissolves completely. Pour the syrup into the pitcher and stir for a few seconds. Serve over ice.


Thank you so much, Amber!

P.S. More recipes, including the best party cocktail and three flavored waters.

(Recipe excerpted from For the Love of the South by Amber Wilson. Copyright © 2018 by Amber Wilson. Reprinted courtesy of Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Thanks to Franny Eremin for helping with this series.)

  1. Brittni D says...

    I made these for Memorial Day weekend and it was such a hit. Everyone kept saying “these are delicious and refreshing!” They truly were. I’d say it takes more than 5 mins but completely worth it. If I made it again I think you could slowly add the sugar in to your taste preference.

  2. Donna says...

    It’s just missing vodka IMO. ?

    • Alexis says...

      Gin for me!

  3. her cookbook is absolutely stunning, I’m going to cook through it all summer long.

  4. adp says...

    you don’t actually need to heat the water to make the syrup. put half sugar & half water (more or less) in something with a tight lid and shake the CRAP out of it; the sugar will dissolve without heat.

  5. You had me at sweet and bitter… Definitely will be trying this out.

  6. Jane I. says...

    I imagine this would taste as delicious as it looks. That peach color is divine!

  7. Nigar says...

    Sounds like quite messy affair to me, but definitely will try Trader Joe’s one next time

  8. Looks good. Would take me longer than 5 minutes to do this, tho

  9. Anon says...

    Cantaloupe smoothies are delicious too :)
    Cubed cantaloupe+ice cubes+milk of choice+sweetener of choice and blend
    so creamy and refreshing !

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  11. Hillary says...

    This look so good! And somewhat similar to my personal favorite- cantaloupe agua fresca!

  12. Isa says...

    Boy, cantaloupes are so sweet on their own. 1/2 cup of sugar sounds like a lot. Maybe that’s just me though.

    • I make a similar recipe and instead of 1/2 cup sugar, I would recommend a simple syrup of honey. To do this you boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup honey. Then whisk together till honey melts into the water. Pour your desired amount of this simple syrup into the lemonade mixture and viola a less sweet, and more healthy way to get some sweetness to your drinks ( if you’re like me and buy into the honey > sugar for health)

    • em says...

      I actually don’t believe honey is any healthier than sugar… cane, agave honey- sugar is sugar. But I can attest to making this recipe without any sugar or honey today and it was great! Not too sweet, not too sour :)

  13. This sounds like the perfect summer refreshment! Flavored lemonade can be overwhelmingly sweet, but this sounds like the perfect balance.

  14. DIANA says...

    I’m into this! Also, melon juices blend really well together- I wouldn’t mind doing this with a little Honeydew or Watermelon in it as well.

    • Carrie says...

      That’s what I was thinking…honeydew sounds like it would work great with lemonade!