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Friday, May 16, 2014

Delicious Basil Watermelon Lemonade

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There is nothing like cool sips on a hot day in summertime. And this drink right here....it tastes heavenly! It's the refreshing taste of lemonade with a sidekick of watermelon and basil...and it is so good that everyone in my family loves it and requests it often. And when you create some pretty fruit stir sticks to serve it with, it not only quenches thirst, but feels like a really special treat.
I have had a love affair with fresh basil for many years. The fragrant smell and taste works well with salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, drinks and many other things. By adding basil to lemonade, it provides a depth of flavour that is perfect and refreshing.
And making this drink is easy....it just takes an extra 5 minutes more than making regular lemonade, but the result is awesome!

Basil Watermelon Lemonade
{Makes 1 pitcher}

Ingredients
-Favourite homemade lemonade recipe or can of lemonade concentrate, made according to directions
-2 cups of watermelon chunks
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped finely
3-4 lemonade slices
-skewers for stir sticks
-fresh fruit for stir sticks

To make:
1. Pour lemonade into a large pitcher.
2. In blender, puree watermelon chucks with 1/2 cup water. Add to lemonade and stir.
3. Add lemon slices and chopped basil. Stir gently.
4. Refrigerate until serving time. Add ice to serve.
5. To make fruit stir sticks, cut fruit into small pieces. If you have miniature cookie cutters, cut some watermelon shapes to add to the top of the sticks. You can use: berries, cherries, banana, watermelon, etc.  and basil leaves.
6. Add a fruit stir stick to each drink when serving.
Basil Lemonade is a wonderful treat to serve on the front porch on a hot day, for a barbecue or to even take along on a picnic.
And it would also be so pretty to serve at birthday parties, wedding showers or baby showers.
And if you are looking for more summer deliciousness, check out these amazing drinks created by my blogger friends!

From left to right, they are:

Sweet Tart Martini by Suburble
PinkGrapefruit and Apricot Martini by Craftberry Bush
Basil Cucumber Mojito by Satori Design For Living
The Classic Caesar by Fynes Designs
Frozen Strawberry Cocktails by Clean and Scentsible
Basil Watermelon Lemonade by Echoes of Laughter
Easy and Delicious Flavoured Waters by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
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7 comments:

Virginia said...

Watermelon screams summertime, so I'm sure this drink does the same! Can't wait to give it a try. Happy 2-4 weekend!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

I love basil too. This year, I planted a tonne of it for salads, drinks, topping for pizza... Your drink recipe is right up my alley. So refreshing and a great alternative to those powdered iced tea mixes or pop. Happy May Long!

Debbie said...

Can't wait to try this! I too love basil and always grow it on my deck.

I would love to know where you got the jars to serve your drink in...I want to serve mine that way.

Thank you

Jo-Anna@APrettyLife said...

What a delicious recipe Angie - I love basil too, so I just know I'd love this drink! And how great are those little fruit skewers?! Happy May Long Weekend to you!

Linda said...

I will have to try this. Thank you so much for sharing.

Tara @ Suburble said...

I'm loving basil right now - this looks like such a refreshing drink, Angie! I'm pinning this right now!

Sarah Nieman said...

How much lemonade do you add if youre not making it from concentrate? This looks delicious!

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