Joanna Gaines Shares Her Watermelon Mint Lemonade Recipe and It Sounds Amazing
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With five kids walking around, it's safe to say that Chip and Joanna Gaines are likely to feel the pressure to offer their kids the "best summer ever". Joanna Gaines recently gave some insights (between juggling a network launch and reopening Magnolia Market) about how she is approaching the season. She describes this secret of summer success in her latest Magnolia blog post: Welcome (back) summer. She also shares her recipe for watermelon and mint lemonade because hey, fruity refreshments are a must in summer!
Gaines explains how she greets summer with "a word or phrase that can serve as a guide for our family." This sentence not only sets the tone for the coming months, but usually answers the question: "How do we want to celebrate this season?" She writes. Instead of making a summer to-do list and not fulfilling every point, she focuses on a bigger picture. Exploration, curiosity, or simplicity are some examples that it gives.
Gaines also shares a family tradition: a dinner party to celebrate their children's last day of school and the beginning of summer. "It is a time to start summer with a new intention," she writes. It contains the invitation she made for her children this year - which instructs her to meet mom and dad in their swimsuits in the back yard at 5 p.m.
While Joanna doesn't say what her family's word or phrase is for summer 2020, she offers templates that families can use to outline their summer focus. Oh, and as promised, she shares her recipe for watermelon and mint lemonade. We will surely drink a cup of it if we look for this summer's phrase.
Joanna Gaines' watermelon mint lemonade recipe
1½ liters of water
½ cup) of sugar
2 sprigs of mint plus more for garnish
5–6 cups of diced watermelon
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (approx. 4 lemons)
"Gently boil the water and sugar in a large saucepan until the sugar has dissolved and your mixture is clear. Stir to dissolve the sugar - this is your simple syrup. Turn off the heat and toss the sprigs of mint Let the mint soak in for 15 minutes, then take it out of the simple syrup and discard the twigs, let the mint-infused syrup cool for about 10 minutes and then pour the watermelon into a blender. Stir until smooth and then mix through a fine mesh Pour the net into a pitcher to remove the seeds and pulp. Add the lemon juice to the pitcher and stir. Serve immediately with a sprig of mint to garnish over ice. "
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