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!
Basil-Infused Watermelon Lemonade
Summer's favorite beverage meets one of summer's best fruits and gets an added burst of flavor from fresh basil. Because watermelon is naturally sweet, not much sugar is needed to make this lemonade.
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- Calories: 197
- Calories from fat: 2%
- Fat: 0.4g
- Saturated fat: 0.0g
- Monounsaturated fat: 0.1g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
- Protein: 1.8g
- Carbohydrate: 50.8g
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- Iron: 0.9mg
- Sodium: 4mg
- Calcium: 33mg
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
- 8 cups cubed seeded watermelon
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
- 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.
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