Watermelon Basil Bliss

All You JUNE 2013

  • Yield: Serves: 12
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.41


  • 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


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 132
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 2mg

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