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Watermelon Limeade is the perfect drink for Juneteenth celebrations. Made with fresh watermelon and lime for a refreshingly cold beverage.
Watermelon is a summertime must-have. Every pool party, graduation cookout, or family get-together has it written in the bylaws as mandatory. This year I’m joining a group of talented African American cooks and chefs for a virtual Juneteenth cookout! Be sure to check out the amazing recipes they’re serving at the end of the pots. I’m serving up this Watermelon Limeade as an essential red drink for the celebration!
History of Juneteenth
Juneteenth is an African American celebration of the emancipation of the last slaves to be freed from the Confederacy. Juneteenth, a combining of June and nineteenth, has been celebrated since June 19, 1865. The celebration and customs are as rich in history as the people who celebrate it. You can find more about Juneteenth from this article in The Daily Texan.
what is Juneteenth Red Drink?
One of the many customs of Juneteenth is the emphasis on the color red. Red symbolizes all of the blood lost during our fight for freedom. The color red is displayed throughout the celebration from the food and decorations to the clothes some choose to wear. Strawberry soda water, for example, is one of the traditional drinks served as that symbol.
Watermelon is another essential element of the Juneteenth celebration. It’s believed to be one of the oldest traditions of the holiday. For this recipe, I simply added a seedless watermelon, some lime juice, and sugar to a blender.
I don’t bother to strain it; just pour it over ice and serve. Be sure to see my tutorial on How to Cut a Watermelon.
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- 10 c watermelon cut into chunks
- 1 c sugar
- 1/2 c lime juice
- Add watermelon chunks, lime juice, and sugar to a blender. Blend until completely liquid. This may need to be done in batches depending on the size of your blender.
- Pour into a large serving pitcher and serve over ice.
Juneteenth Virtual Cookout Participants
A Girl Called Adri | Blackened Catfish
Beautiful Eats & Things | Spiced Grilled Peaches
Black Girls Who Brunch | Brown Butter Sweet Potato Cake
Brazilian Kitchen Abroad | Brazilian Collard Greens with Bacon
Britney Breaks Bread | Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sour Cream and Honey Sauce
Brownbelle | Watermelon Hibiscus Whiskey Smash
Butter Be Ready | Chicken and Waffles
Chef and Steward | Watermelon and Feta Salad
Chef Curl Ardee | Honey and Butter Cornbread
Chenée Today | Lemon Icebox Pie
Christy Irene | Crawfish Etoufee
Collards Are The Old Kale | Guaymas Shrimp
Confessions of a clean foodie | Mint Peach Spritzer
Cooking to a T | Jamaican Beef Patties
Dash of Jazz | Golden Pineapple Pound Cake
Dish It With Tisha | Honey Jerk Shrimp
DMR Fine Foods | Blackberry Ginger Soda
Domestic Dee | Easy Berry Fruit Salad
Dude That Cookz | Cajun White Beans
Erique Berry Co | Three Green Summer Salad
Ethically Living | Vegan Jackfruit Jamaican Patties
Food Fidelity | Nigerian Beef Suya Skewers
Food Is Love Made Edible | Smothered Okra with Chicken & Sausage
FoodLoveTog | Braised Cabbage & Johnny cakes
Forks and Straws | Cassava Corn Waffles with Shrimp Creole
Geo’s Table | Curried Potato Salad
Gristle & Gossip | Sweet Potato Honey Cornbread Cake
Heal Me Delicious | Trinidadian Callaloo
Jamieson Diaries | Crockpot Smoked Red Beans
Kenneth Temple | Red Velvet Biscuit with BBQ Brisket
Kenya Rae | Pork free baked beans
Lenox Bakery | Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Maple Points | Peas & Rice – Guyanese Style
Marisa Moore Nutrition | Fresh Peach Iced Tea
Meiko and the Dish | Strawberry Cornbread Skillet Cobbler
Murielle Banackissa | Vegan Saka Saka (Congolese Cassava Leaf & Spinach Stew)
My Fabulous Food | Black eye peas with smoked turkey
Nik Snacks | Easy BBQ Pork Ribs
Open Invitation Entertainment | Coconut Collard Greens
Orchids + Sweet Tea | The Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese
Our Perfect Palette | Jollof Rice
Peaches 2 Peaches | Vanilla Cake With Caramel Poached Pears
Pink Owl Kitchen | Strawberry Buttermilk Biscuits
Razzle Dazzle Life | Southern Peach Cobbler
Rosalynn Daniels | Southern Tomato Pie
Savor and Sage | Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Savory Thoughts | Jus Citron (Haitian Lemonade)
Seasoned To Taste | Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs
Sense & Edibility | Blackberry Cobbler
Slice & Torte | Fried Softshell Crab
Slight Kitchen Werk | Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Sweet & Sorrel | Baked Jerk Chicken
Sweet Savant | Black Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato Salad
That Green Lyfe | Vegan Red Red Stew (Spicy Ghanaian Black-Eyed Peas) and Plantain
The Dana Renee Way | Sweet Potato Cornbread
The Hangry Woman | Jamaican Jerk Wings
The Hungry Hutch | Southern-Style Sweet Tea
The Kitchenista Diaries | Grilled Lemon Pepper Wings
The Vgn Way | Juneteenth Hibiscus Strawberry Vegan Ice Cream
This Worthey Life | Strawberry Soda
This African Cooks | Ghanaian kebabs Whole30 style
Vegan With Curves | Slow Cooker Black Eyed Pea Sweet Potato Soup