Recipes and Cooking 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. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on December 29, 2013 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 10 mins Servings: 1 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 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 Directions 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 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. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 216 Calories 23g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.