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Watermelon-Basil Water

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Serves 6

Yields 1-1/2 quart

  • by Ellie Krieger from Fine Cooking
    Issue 111

Tempted by the colorful array of flavored waters at the supermarket? They're often just glorified soft drinks without the carbonation. It's much healthier (and less expensive) to make your own. In this version, a tart squeeze of lime and a floral hint of basil brighten up watermelon's natural sweetness.

  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon (1 lb.)
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice

Put the basil leaves and sugar in a small pot and crush the leaves with a wooden spoon. Pour in the boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to steep and cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a blender, purée the watermelon with 2 cups cold water. Strain the watermelon liquid and basil liquid through a fine strainer into a large bowl; discard the solids. Pour the liquid into a large pitcher. Add the lime juice and 2 cups cold water; stir to combine. Serve over ice.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 30; Fat (g): 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): 0; Protein (g): 0; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): 8; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 0; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I was about to search through all my old Fine Cooking magazines for this recipe. So happy to find it online! This is a fantastic drink. It is not overly sweet (if you are expecting a Coke, this is not the drink for you) and is very refreshing. This recipe is a wonderful way to have a delicious, healthful drink and get away from overly sweet sodas and fruit juices (which, simple-carb wise, are no different from soda and are bad for you).

Wow! Flavored water has never tasted so good. It was incredibly refreshing and surprisingly full of flavor. Made it for a neighborhood gathering and people couldn't get enough. Even the kids loved it! Made multiple batches and it is worthy to note that riper watermelons result in a tastier drink. Be sure and use the deep red flesh portion of the watermelon for the best flavor.

Strange taste. Personally, for me, lacks of sugar. And not that refreshing as I thought.

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