Refreshing Watermelon Basil Cocktail

Summer is here, and what better drink to turn into a cocktail than a watermelon based drink? This juicy, refreshing fruit is a staple at barbecues and picnics, but I’ve found a way to take it to the next level by adding a surprising twist: basil. Say hello to the Watermelon Basil Cocktail.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – basil belongs in pesto or caprese salad, not in your cocktail glass. But hear me out. The bright, slightly peppery flavor of basil pairs perfectly with the sweetness of watermelon, creating a unique and delightful flavor combination that’ll have you coming back for more.

The Watermelon Basil Cocktail is like a backyard party in a glass. It’s the kind of drink you sip slowly, savoring each refreshing gulp as you catch up with friends and soak up the summer sun. And the best part? It’s super easy to make, so you can spend less time playing mixologist and more time enjoying the company of your loved ones.

Trust me, once you try this Watermelon Basil Cocktail, you’ll wonder how you ever survived summer without it.

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HOW TO MAKE THE WATERMELON BASIL COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon chunks
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 limes
  • 1 teaspoon light agave syrup
  • 1.5 oz vodka (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup club soda (for a bit of fizz)
  • Ice cubes
  • Basil or mint sprigs and lime slices for garnish

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Watermelon: Cut the watermelon into chunks, aiming for about 4 cups. Remove seeds as much as possible to ensure a smooth blend.
  2. Blend the Ingredients: In a blender, combine the watermelon chunks, basil leaves, lime juice, agave syrup, and vodka. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Strain the Mixture: Pour the blended mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher to remove any pulp. This step ensures a smooth texture.
  4. Adjust Sweetness: Taste the strained mixture. If you prefer it sweeter, add more agave syrup one teaspoon at a time until it reaches your desired sweetness.
  5. Serve: Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour the strained watermelon mixture over the ice, leaving a bit of room at the top. Add a splash of club soda for a refreshing fizz.
  6. Garnish: Garnish each glass with a sprig of basil and a slice of lime.

Why Use Agave Syrup?

I opted for light agave syrup over honey because it has a milder flavor that complements the watermelon without overpowering it. Additionally, agave dissolves easily in cold liquids, ensuring a smooth and consistent cocktail.

Choosing Your Ingredients

  • Watermelon: The ripest watermelon you can find will provide the best flavor. Look for a heavy, symmetrical melon with a creamy yellow spot on its underside.
  • Basil: Fresh basil adds a unique, slightly peppery twist that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the watermelon and the tartness of the lime. But you can also use fresh mint!

Mocktail Version

For those who prefer a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the vodka. The cocktail remains incredibly refreshing and enjoyable for all ages. You can add a bit more club soda or even a splash of sparkling water to maintain the drink’s fizzy quality.

Perfect Pairings

This cocktail is incredibly versatile and pairs well with a variety of summer dishes. Some of my favorite pairings include grilled chicken, seafood, or a fresh summer salad. For a simple yet elegant pairing, try serving it with a watermelon and feta salad.

Final Thoughts

Creating this watermelon basil cocktail has been a delightful experience. It’s easy to make, requires minimal ingredients, and is wonderfully refreshing. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or hosting a summer gathering, this cocktail is sure to impress your guests.

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Watermelon Basil Cocktail

Summer is here, and what better drink to turn into a cocktail than a watermelon? This juicy, refreshing fruit is a staple at barbecues and picnics, but I’ve found a way to take it to the next level by adding a surprising twist: basil.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – basil belongs in pesto or caprese salad, not in your cocktail glass. But hear me out. The bright, slightly peppery flavor of basil pairs perfectly with the sweetness of watermelon, creating a unique and delightful flavor combination that’ll have you coming back for more.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups watermelon chunks
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 limes
  • 1 teaspoon light agave syrup
  • 1.5 oz vodka adjust to taste
  • 1/4 cup club soda for a bit of fizz
  • Ice cubes
  • Basil or mint sprigs and lime slices for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the Watermelon: Cut the watermelon into chunks, aiming for about 2 cups. Remove seeds as much as possible to ensure a smooth blend.
  • Blend the Ingredients: In a blender, combine the watermelon chunks, basil leaves, lime juice, agave syrup, and vodka. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  • Strain the Mixture: Pour the blended mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher to remove any pulp. This step ensures a smooth texture.
  • Adjust Sweetness: Taste the strained mixture. If you prefer it sweeter, add more agave syrup one teaspoon at a time until it reaches your desired sweetness.
  • Serve: Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour the strained watermelon mixture over the ice, leaving a bit of room at the top. Add a splash of club soda for a refreshing fizz.
  • Garnish: Garnish each glass with a sprig of basil and a slice of lime.

Notes

Watermelon: The ripest watermelon you can find will provide the best flavor. Look for a heavy, symmetrical melon with a creamy yellow spot on its underside.
Basil: Fresh basil adds a unique, slightly peppery twist that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the watermelon and the tartness of the lime. But you can also use fresh mint!
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