August 31, 2011 by Sara Kreidler
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…).
- 1 1/2 ounces Hendrick’s gin
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
- Club soda
- 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.
- 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.