Basil and Watermelon Cocktail

1 Sep

This is a flavorful, pretty, and unique cocktail.  I went light on the alcohol, here, so there was just a hint of lime and gin.  The real star of this drink is the delicious watermelon juice, which is sweet and unbelievably refreshing.  The juice, on it’s own, is a delicious treat.  However, by highlighting the juice with the fresh, herbaceous flavor of the basil, it really brought this cocktail to another level.  This cocktail is basically the essence of summer distilled down into a glass.

The watermelon juice described below is also an excellent way to use up an abundance of watermelon.  Having received one the past three weeks running with our CSA, I was beginning to get a little weary of slices of watermelon as a snack and wanted to try something new.  Though removing the seeds from the watermelon can be a bit time consuming and tedious, creating watermelon juice (which can be drank straight as-is, as a component of this cocktail, or in any other fashion you can conceive of) is well worth it.

Basil and Watermelon Cocktail

Watermelon Juice:

Yield: About 8-10 cups

1 1/2 small watermelons, seeds removed, cut into 1″ cubes (about 10-12 cups)

Working in batches, puree the watermelon in a food processor.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Refrigerate 2-3 hours until very cold.  Enjoy as is or continue to make the cocktail.

Basil and Watermelon Cocktail:

1/4 cup basil leaves, loosely packed

1 shot lime-flavored gin, or to taste (I used Seagram’s that I obtained from my awesome aunt and uncle who just moved to Arizona and left me their liquor collection)

1 cup watermelon juice (see above)


Place basil leaves at the bottom of a cocktail glass.  Using a muddler or back end of a wooden spoon, muddle the basil.  Place ice in the glass.  Top with gin and watermelon juice and stir to combine.  Garnish with a basil leaf.

4 Responses to “Basil and Watermelon Cocktail”


  1. Orange and Cinnamon Peach Preserves « Kelseyincleveland's Blog -

    […] delicious treats you know you’ll enjoy the week to come.  This past Sunday, I created the basil and watermelon cocktail (for after my reading was finished, of course!), cooked up the green bean and caramelized onion […]

  2. Geauga Family Farms CSA – Week Twelve « Kelseyincleveland's Blog -

    […] casserole with caramelized onions used CSA green beans, tomatoes, and farmer’s cheese.  The basil and watermelon cocktail used CSA basil and loads of watermelon.  We drank up the excess juice quickly because it was so […]

  3. Geauga Family Farms CSA – Week Thirteen « Kelseyincleveland's Blog -

    […] week, I’m going to be making more watermelon juice (I am seriously addicted).  Since I didn’t get around to a stir-fry last week, I’m […]

  4. Geauga Family Farms Summer CSA – Week Four « Kelseyincleveland's Blog -

    […] watermelon, I don’t know whether we should just eat in yummy, chilled slices or try to make a juice (which can be a bit time consuming, though very rewarding).  I definitely want to make a big salad […]

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