Watermelon-Basil Lemonade

by / ⠀Drinks Party foods Recipes / May 23, 2014

 In spite of its moniker, simple syrup has somehow gotten the reputation of being a complex culinary trick. But fortunately, dissolving the sugar and water is done in a snap, and steeping in some fresh basil brings the result an extra level of oomph. 

Serves: 6
Prep time: 25 minutes plus chilling


For the Basil Simple Syrup:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup packed roughly chopped fresh basil leaves

For the Lemonade:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice


1. Make the Basil Simple Syrup: In small saucepot, stir together sugar, water and basil. Cook over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer; discard basil. Transfer to jar or container and refrigerate 4 hours or up to 5 days.

2. Make the Lemonade: In blender, puree water and watermelon until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer; discard solids.

3. Pour watermelon liquid into pitcher; add lemon juice and Basil Simple Syrup. Stir until well combined. Serve over ice immediately.

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    Robin J
    June 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I really enjoyed this drink….a little messy to make, but fun and very refreshing on a hot day! Thanks for the recipe!

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