Jul 30
Refreshing Watermelon Citrus Soda

Fresh watermelon mixed with fresh orange and lime juice and a bit of club soda makes a fantastic refreshing summer drink.  One of my favorite summer flavors of childhood is watermelon.  Even now, a good juicy slice of watermelon makes me feel like a kid again, and it’s easy to shut my eyes and let the juice dribble down my chin and feel like I don’t have a care in the world.

Fresh watermelon

My friend Lucy agrees and suggested we share our recipe for watermelon citrus soda with you.  (Thanks to my Tiki Machine partners in crime for another amazing illustration and verse!)

Lucy Eats! July with Watermelon Citrus Soda

Lucy Eats! July with Watermelon Citrus Soda, Illustration by Mike Collins, Text by Deborah Collins, tikimachine.com

Making it couldn’t be easier.  All you do is puree watermelon, fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, and a bit of sugar in a blender, and then pour it through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher.

Strain watermelon citrus puree through fine mesh sieve

Then you mix the puree with club soda and it’s ready!  This is a perfect drink to sit out on the front porch drinking in the evening while you watch for fireflies.  The watermelon is refreshing and sings of summer, while the citrus brightens up the drink and gives it a bit of a zing.  And hey, unlike eating a piece of watermelon, you won’t have to worry about dribbling any juice on your chin unless you really want to.

Watermelon Citrus Soda

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Watermelon Citrus Soda

Makes approximately 15 (8-ounce) servings

For the watermelon juice (makes about 10 cups):
7 1/2 pound chilled seeded watermelon
1 cup granulated sugar
8 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (about 6 limes)
12 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice (about 2 large oranges)

5 cups (40 ounces) chilled club soda
4 limes, cut into wedges for garnish

1. Cut the watermelon flesh from the rind. Puree half of the watermelon with the sugar in a blender under smooth. Pour the puree through a strainer into a pitcher. Repeat with the remaining watermelon then stir in the orange juice and lime juice.

2. To serve, stir in the club soda and garnish with lime wedges.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Katherine July 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

This sounds so refreshing… thanks for the recipe! I have a question, though… why club soda instead of seltzer?


sara July 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Ooooh, this looks wonderful! The perfect summery refreshing drink, yum. :)


Fuji Bestie July 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

It looks delicious!! What a great summer treat.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) July 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm

@Katherine — Hope you love it! I find that when making a fruity soda concoction such as this, the club soda adds a hint of a “mineral-y” zip that I think nicely accentuates the flavor of the watermelon. It’s a subtle difference, but one that I enjoy! That being said, seltzer water can be substituted and the drink will still be delicious.


Fuji Nana July 31, 2012 at 6:40 am

Gorgeous photography. The pictures alone get me salivating.


Deborah July 31, 2012 at 6:53 am

Love this! What a great summertime drink.


Urban Wife July 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I love these types of refreshing drinks!! This looks wonderful.


Heidi @foodiecrush August 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I love the addition of the lime and soda, brilliant. Now maybe a splash of something stronger. But that will be on my blog, not yours :) XOXO


Katherine August 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Thx for the answer!


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