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Watermelon-Basil Daiquiri

A ripe watermelon is the key to a delicious cocktail. Look for melons with smooth, evenly colored rinds and symmetrical shapes. In precut melon, look for firm, brightly colored, and fresh.

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  • Makes: 1 servings
  • Serving Size: 2/3 cup
  • Prep: 10 mins

Watermelon-Basil Daiquiri

Directions

  1. In a cocktail shaker combine watermelon and basil; muddle until watermelon is broken up and juiced. Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice; shake until chilled, about 40 seconds. Double-strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a frozen watermelon spear or wedge.

From the Test Kitchen

Big Batch:

Ina small saucepan combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, snipped. Bring just to boiling. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cool; cover and chill at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a blender container add 4 cups watermelon; puree until smooth. Strain watermelon puree and simple syrup into a punch bowl. Add ice, 3 cups aged or light rum, and 1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice. Makes 8 cups.

Simple Syrup

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring just to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool; cover and chill at least 1 hour before using. Makes about 1/3 cup.

Nutrition Facts (Watermelon-Basil Daiquiri)

  • Per serving:
  • 216 kcal cal.,
  • 0 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 0 g monounsatured fat),
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 3 mg sodium,
  • 23 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 19 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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