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Watermelon Basil Kiss

Add basil to this watermelon mocktail for a taste of summer
Watermelon Basil Kiss

Courtesy of Kirsty Sinclair/Aloha Bars Maui

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.

Ready in
16 m
15 m
(prepare time)
1 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 1 1/4 Cup natural or organic brown cane sugar
  • 1 Cup hot water
  • 4 Cups watermelon, seeded and cubed
  • 1 Cup fresh lemon juice (approximately 6 lemons, Meyer lemons preferred)
  • 1/4 Cup fresh lime juice (approximately 2 large limes)
  • 12 plump basil leaves, divided
  • 4 Cups cold water


Combine the sugar and hot water in a sauce pan over medium high heat.

Bring to a vigorous boil to create simple syrup.

After sugar is completely dissolved, cool and then put in fridge to chill.

Place the cubed watermelon, lemon juice and lime juice in a blender and puree until smooth.

Strain the puree through cheese cloth or a fine-mesh strainer.

Discard the pulp.

In a glass pitcher, combine cooled simple syrup, the puree and 6 basil leaves.

Add four cups of cold water and stir.

Serve in a short tumbler over ice cubes.

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. 

Note: Mixture will last up to three days in fridge.

Always stir mixture before serving over ice.