Pressed Watermelon With Basil Water

watermelon-basil-drink Recipe
Jerry Errico
Quench your summer-day thirst with this drink from Brian Preston-Campbell's Cool Waters. It's unbelievably yummy with grilled dishes.


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4 cups red or yellow seedless watermelon chunks (about 1/4 large melon)
6-8 large basil leaves
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
4 cups chilled water


Combine watermelon chunks and basil leaves in a colander placed over a large bowl. Using a metal ladle or spoon, press watermelon to extract as much juice as possible. (The remaining pulp should be fairly dry.) Season the juice with sea salt and white wine vinegar, and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Add 4 cups chilled water, stir, and serve.

Created date

May 2009

Nutritional Information

Calories 46
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrate 12 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 44 mg
Calcium 18 mg