Seasonal fruit like watermelon are wonderful however I often struggle on how to use the whole fruit. There is no such thing as a small watermelon when your a household of 2 or less. I got a sweet melon from @FrankFeketeFarm, a great local farmer and wanted to try using the melon in different ways. So to get the most out of my melon I cut up what would fit into a large container and decided to transform the rest into a refreshing beverage. This is something refreshing for kids and doesn’t have any added sugar. You can always add lemon or lime for lemonade or limeade for a more kid friendly drink. You can also add other fruits like pineapple or other melons and call it fruit punch. For adult beverages, a splash of tequila or vodka with a twist or lime is all your need.
Watermelon Basil Cooler
6 cups of watermelon chunks (or as much as you have)
1/2 cup of basil
4 cups of water
- Peel and chop watermelon into chunks. Add to a bowl to blend with a hand mixer or add to a blender.
- Strain with a large mesh strainer into a pitcher by filling the strainer and pushing the liquid through with the back of a spoon to get as much liquid as possible. If it is a seedless watermelon, you can save the watermelon sauce and eat just like applesauce.
- Add basil and water and stir well. Let steep for 30-45 minutes and remove basil.
- Serve over ice and enjoy. Refrigerate and drink within 1 week.