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Watermelon Basil Flavored Water

Watermelon Basil Flavored Water
Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post


This beautiful, blush watermelon basil beverage is ideal for summer weekend gatherings when you want a super-quenching drink that is both healthful and elevated. Make Ahead: The mixture can be refrigerated up to 2 days in advance; re-stir before serving.


Watermelon Basil Flavored Water



1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, plus some small leaves, for garnish
1 cup boiling water
4 cups cubed, seeded or seedless watermelon (1 pound)
4 cups cold water
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, plus thinly sliced wheels or half-moon slices of lime, for garnish


Place the 1/2 cup of basil leaves in a small pot or heatproof mug and pour the cup of boiling water over them. Use a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon to crush the basil leaves. Let steep and cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the watermelon and 2 cups of the cold water in a blender; puree until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, and discard the solids.

Strain/discard the basil leaves from their water, then add that liquid to the pitcher, along with the remaining 2 cups of cold water and the lime juice, stirring to incorporate.

Serve over ice, garnishing each portion with basil leaves and lime slices.

Makes 6 servings

Serving size: 1 Cup

Per serving : Calories 25; Total Fat 0g (Sat Fat 0g); Protein 0g; Carb 6g; Fiber 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 0mg; Sugar: 5g


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