Basil-Infused Watermelon Lemonade
|Categories:||Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Other Drinks, Quick & Easy, For Kids, Vegetarian, Healthy|
|Keywords:||lemon, sugar, Basil, have, let's, let's have a picnic, watermelon|
|1 c||fresh basil. thinly sliced|
|8 c||watermelon, cubed and seeded|
|1/2 c||fresh lemon juice - about 3 lemons|
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DirectionsCombine 1 cup of water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the basil. Let chill for 1 hour. Strain sugar mixture through a sieve over a bowl, and discard basil.Place watermelon in a blender; process until smooth.Pour watermelon puree through a fine sieve into a large bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Combine watermelon liquid, sugar mixture, and juice in a pitcher; chill.Garnish with fresh lemon slices and basil sprigs and serve!
VARIATION: Add about 8 ice cubes to the watermelon before blending. Do not strain when done. The result is more like a frozen lemonade or virgin margarita.