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Yellow Watermelon and Basil Coolers

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August 31, 2011 by Sara Kreidler

Last week we received a watermelon from the CSA.  A few nights ago we decided to crack that sucker open for dessert and, maybe, to make some watermelon coolers.

WHOA!  We were shocked to slice open our melon and discover its bright yellow flesh.  We learned from uncle google that yellow fleshed watermelons are not terribly common and taste much sweeter than the pink ones.  Boy do they ever.  This thing tastes awesome.

So obviously you can eat it, but why not turn it into a cooler?  And if basil sounds like an odd addition, well, don’t knock it till you try it — it is perfect.  The following recipe makes 1 drink, but you won’t be able to drink just one (ok, maybe that’s just me…).

Ingredients

  • Watermelon
  • Basil
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Hendrick’s gin
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • Club soda

Instructions

  1. Cut flesh of watermelon away from rind and discard rind.  Cut melon into large chunks.  Place basil leaves and a few chunks of watermelon to a cocktail shaker or sturdy glass and muddle until the melon is broken down.  Add ice, Hendrick’s gin and simple syrup and shake well.
  2. Fill jar or glass 1/2 way with ice.  Strain drink over ice.  Top off with chilled club soda so that jar is 3/4 of the way full.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil if you want to be fancy. Serve immediately.
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3 thoughts on “Yellow Watermelon and Basil Coolers

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  2. […] week, we discovered yellow watermelons and made watermelon and basil coolers.   And they were […]

  3. Tricia says:

    Sounds tasty! When I can drink again we’ll definitely try it. In the meantime we have this for dessert … I got it from http://www.allrecipes.com when I was looking for something to do with our basil besides pesto. Love your blog!

    Basil-Lime Sorbet – a perfect, light dessert – pallet cleansing
    yield 8 servings

    ingredients
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup water
    3/4 cup fresh lime juice
    20 fresh basil leaves, minced
    Directions

    directions
    1. Make a simple syrup by bringing the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan; allow to boil 1 minute; remove from heat.
    2. Combine the syrup, lime juice, and basil in a blender; puree. Pour the mixture into a container and cover; store in freezer until completely frozen, about 2 hours.
    3. Break the frozen mixture into pieces and place in the blender; blend until smooth. Return to the container and cover. Store in freezer until ready to serve.

    notes: • Amount Per Serving Calories: 103 | Total Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg

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