Watermelon Basil Kiss

Watermelon Basil Kiss
4.5 from 2 ratings
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.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
1
minute
Servings
6
servings
Watermelon Basil Kiss
Total time: 16 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 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)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (approximately 2 large limes)
  • 12 plump basil leaves, divided
  • 4 cup cold water
Directions
  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. Note: Mixture will last up to three days in fridge.
  12. Always stir mixture before serving over ice.