Fresh lemonade is so much more vivid than the supermarket stuff, much more about the lemon and less about the sugar.
We’ve dressed up this lemonade with three different kinds of cubes — watermelon, coconut and blueberry — for holiday aesthetics, electrifying flavor aside and an almost absurd health factor. Every glass contains a half-cup each of blueberries and watermelon. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of A, as well as lycopene, potassium and magnesium. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber. And as for coconut milk, everyone knows fruit and coconut go together like fireworks and the Fourth of July.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE LEMONADE
Start to finish: 25 minutes, plus freezing
3 cups cubed seeded watermelon (the redder the better)
3 cups cleaned and rinsed fresh blueberries
3/4 cup well-stirred lite coconut milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 cup fresh lemon juice
Fresh mint leaves, to garnish
In a blender, puree the watermelon until it becomes liquefied. Pour the watermelon liquid into ice cube trays (you should have enough liquid for twelve 2-tablespoon cubes). Rinse out the blender, add the blueberries and puree until the mixture is smooth. Transfer the blueberry puree to another ice cube tray. In a third tray, divide the coconut milk between 6 cubes.
Transfer all of the trays to the freezer and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
In a pitcher combine 1/2 cup of the sugar syrup with the lemon juice. Add 3 cups of cold water, then taste and add additional sugar syrup if desired. Chill until ready to serve.
To serve, place 2 watermelon cubes, 2 blueberry cubes and 1 coconut cube in each of 6 rocks glasses. Top the glasses with lemonade, then garnish with mint. Let sit for 10 or so minutes to allow the cubes to melt slightly and flavor the lemonade.
Nutrition information per serving: 150 calories; 20 calories from fat (13 percent of total calories); 2 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 33 g sugar; 1 g protein; 10 mg sodium.