Watermelon Lemonade with Shochu

Summer is the perfect time for eating watermelon and drinking some refreshing lemonade.  This recipe brings them together into what has become our favorite drink of the summer.  We’ve had this many times already this summer, and it is still July!  Give it try while the watermelon is at its peak.

According to one of my Japanese cookbooks (Japanese Cooking by Emi Kazuko), shochu is distilled from rice, other grains and sometimes sweet potatoes and was considered a lower-class drink.  It is often compared to vodka and you can use vodka in this drink if you can’t find shochu.  There are also Korean varieties, which is what I used for this recipe.

Watermelon Lemonade with Schochu (aka Soju)


6-7 cups watermelon (no rind), about 2 pounds

3/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup agave nectar (light)

1 cup shochu, or more to your taste later on

2 cups water


Place the cubed watermelon in a blender and purée until very smooth.


Strain it and place in a pitcher.  Add the lemon juice, shochu and water.  Refrigerate for a few hours. You can add more shochu as you pour the lemonade over ice.





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