Prep Time:
5-10 mins

For 100% cool summer vibes show up to all picnics, BBQs and pow-wows with a watermelon this summer. To mark National Watermelon Day (3rd August) try out this incredibly simple Watermelonade with a healthy glug of vodka.



4 tbsp lemon or lime juice

400g fresh watermelon flesh, deseeded

1 tbsp caster sugar

200ml cold water

100g ice cubes

dash of sugar syrup (optional)

2 large shots (35ml each) of Smirnoff vodka (optional)

Sugar Syrup:

caster sugar




1. Blitz all the ingredients together in a blender with the ice cubes.

2. Stir in the sugar syrup and add vodka if it’s a good day.

Sugar Syrup:

1. Place the sugar in a heavy-bottomed pan and add twice the amount of water (this should be twice the amount in volume, not weight – so if you have 1 cup of sugar, you would add 2 cups of water).

2. Heat over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and the liquid has thickened and started to brown slightly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Lily Vanilli