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.

Watermelon-Basil Daiquiri
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 6 1-inch cubes watermelon

  • 4 basil leaves

  • ¼ cup aged or light rum (2 ounces)

  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice (1 ounce)

  • 1 ½ tablespoon simple syrup (3/4 ounce)

  • Frozen watermelon spear or wedge

Simple Syrup

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup water


  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.

Simple Syrup

  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.

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

216 Calories
23g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 216
% Daily Value *
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 18.8mg 94%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 170mg 4%
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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