Watermelon Basil Lemonade – Homemade lemonade sweetened with basil sugar and fresh watermelon juice.
There are a few things as synonymous with summer as lemonade. A glass of cold lemonade can make even the muggiest, humid day feel better. I love making my lemonade from scratch. Doing so allows me the freedom to try out new flavors – like this Peach Lemonade.
I love using watermelon in drinks – like this sangria and this margarita. Watermelon is also major symbol of summer so it’s only natural that I pair it with lemonade. And to make it even more complex in flavor, I added in some fresh basil.
Without further ado, here is my Watermelon Basil Lemonade!
Tips & Tricks
- Blend watermelon until smooth. To ensure the watermelon puree has very little pulp, you must blend it for at least a minute.
- Break the basil into the sugar. To get the most flavor from the basil, it is broken into the sugar with a wooden spoon.
- Don’t skip the salt. With a drink as sweet and sour as this lemonade, you need a little salt to balance it all out.
Watermelon Basil Lemonade
- ¼ cup basil leaves
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup ice
- 3 cups pureed watermelon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- sliced lemon
- Add basil leaves and sugar to a pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, mash the basil into the sugar until the leaves are in small pieces. Add the lemon juice and stir together to help the sugar dissolve. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Add water, ice, salt, and watermelon puree and stir together. Add slices of lemon to the pitcher.
- Serve in glasses over ice.