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Watermelon Basil "Soda"
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Watermelon Basil "Soda"

I've recently put on my mixologist hat to create some refreshing and healthy drinks for the summer. My staple drink is seltzer water with fresh lime or lemon and a few ice cubes. However, every once in awhile it's fun to drink something fruity, sweet and satisfying.

Watermelon and basil are too classic summer ingredients, and therefore I thought combining them would work well.  With a touch of lime to add a tart component, these flavors will burst on your taste buds and the bubbles will tickle your nose upon the first sip.

You can also check out my Raspberry Mint Iced Tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 12 oz. can sodium free seltzer water

Directions:

  1. Blend watermelon, basil and lime in a blender until smooth.  Strain mixture through a sieve or cheese cloth.
  2. Mix sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved.  This will produce a simple syrup.
  3. Chill watermelon juice for 30-60 minutes.  
  4. When cold, mix 1 cup of juice with 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and top with 1/2 of a 12 oz. can of seltzer.
  5. Garnish with watermelon and basil.

*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. SnakeWitch
    Hey, I never would've thought of using basil with watermelon! Voted!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Don't forget my article on Permaculture! Cheers! Oh... and a bit of vodka in this drink might make it fun for parties!
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      1. Virtually Homemade
        Virtually Homemade
        could be a cocktail!
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  2. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    right up my alley! i can't wait to try this one. :) an easy vote...
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  3. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    sounds good. this drink would look good in a cocktail glass, or a margarita glass, and served at summer pool parties.
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  4. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    sounds good. this drink would look good in a cocktail glass, or a margarita glass, and served at summer pool parties.
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  5. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Definitely!
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  6. Veganara
    Veganara
    We are currently getting a heatwave here in Britain, so I need some refreshing drinks recipes, and I happen to have a watermelon and a basil plant at home at present! So vote no 6 from me. Sounds dee-lish, and I bet it helps to detox you as well.
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  7. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Virtually Homemade I missed this post until after it made Top Posts! Congrats for making Top Posts! I would have voted if I had seen it earlier! I love watermelon!
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    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      Thanks Carolyn! The soda is unique and yummy!
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