Combine 1 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in basil; chill 1 hour. Strain sugar mixture through a sieve over a bowl, and discard basil.
Place watermelon in a blender; process until smooth. Pour watermelon puree through a fine sieve into a large bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Combine watermelon liquid, sugar mixture, and juice in a pitcher; chill.
Very yummy drink. I stirred in the leftover strained basil into the drink thinking it would make it even more special, but i won't be doing that again. It's best as a strained drink with just a sprig of basil for garnish. I don't think it's too sweet. My husband doesn't like how basil forward this drink tastes, so one really needs to like basil to enjoy. I wonder how this would be a some rum mixed in!
The farmer's market near me serves this, so I was dying to recreate it. It tastes like summer!
When I make it, though, I tend to just blend or crush basil leaves into the strained watermelon and let it infuse for a few hours. The sugar-basil infusion is a great idea, but it can be too sweet for some, so this is a decent alternative for those worried about sugar.
i did not care for this recipe - too sweet for my taste. my husband, however, thought it was good, refreshing. we recently had a hot spell so i served it over ice, and like watermelon, it was cooling on a long, hot summer day. easy enough to make.
I have never drank watermelon before and was unsure how I would like this. However, I like all three flavors on their own. It is time consuming taking the seeds out of a so called "seedless" watermelon but worth the effort and dirty dishes. I turned a serving into a shaved ice for my toddler. Very good recipe and such a refreshing way to kick off the start of summer!
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