Watermelon Basil Kiss Recipe

Blend watermelon with, lemon juice, lime juice and a lot of sugar and add some basil leaves for a nice, summery aroma to an already summery drink.

This recipe is courtesy of Kirsty Sinclair, Aloha Bars Maui.

Watermelon Basil Kiss Recipe
4.5 from 2 ratings
This mocktail makes a perfect summer sipper. If you do want to throw some booze in, however, vodka or tequila are good picks.
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Watermelon Basil Kiss
Total time: 17 minutes
  • 1 ¼ cup natural or organic brown cane sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 cup watermelon, seeded and cubed
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (approximately 6 lemons, meyer lemons preferred)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (approximately 2 large limes)
  • 12 plump basil leaves, divided
  • 4 cup cold water
  1. Combine the sugar and hot water in a sauce pan over medium high heat.
  2. Bring to a vigorous boil to create simple syrup.
  3. After sugar is completely dissolved, cool and then put in fridge to chill.
  4. Place the cubed watermelon, lemon juice and lime juice in a blender and puree until smooth.
  5. Strain the puree through cheese cloth or a fine-mesh strainer.
  6. Discard the pulp.
  7. In a glass pitcher, combine cooled simple syrup, the puree and 6 basil leaves.
  8. Add four cups of cold water and stir.
  9. Serve in a short tumbler over ice cubes.
  10. Before garnishing, give the basil leaf a quick, hard smack in the palm of your hand and then place on top of the ice cubes to release the fragrant aroma.
  11. Mixture will last up to three days in fridge. Always stir mixture before serving over ice.
Calories per Serving 157
Total Fat 0.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 41.1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Total Sugars 36.9 g
Sodium 18.0 mg
Protein 0.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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