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Watermelon Basil Bliss

Prep time 25 mins
Yield Serves: 12


  • 2 packed cups torn fresh basil leaves and stems
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 5 limes)
  • 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 12 ounces vodka
  • Watermelon wedges for garnish, optional
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional

Nutrition Information

  • calories 132
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 17 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • sodium 2 mg

How to Make It

  1. Use a large wooden spoon to crush basil leaves and stems with sugar in a medium bowl. Pour in lime juice and stir until sugar has dissolved.

  2. Working in batches, puree watermelon cubes in a blender or food processor until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to press watermelon juice through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher. Discard watermelon pulp.

  3. Pour reserved basil syrup through the same fine-mesh strainer into watermelon juice. Discard leaves and stems. Add vodka to juice mixture and stir to combine.

  4. Fill 8 large glasses with ice, pour mixture over and serve immediately. Garnish with watermelon wedges and basil leaves, if desired.

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