Watermelon-Basil Coolers

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Watermelon-Basil Coolers

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Watermelon beverage in a hollowed out mini watermelon with a lime slice and blue straw on a yellow background.

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Recipe Data

4
Servings
5min
Prep
35min
Total

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    Description

    What’s cooler than a watermelon-basil cooler in a hollowed-out mini watermelon? This recipe is a perfect refreshing treat. 

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Ingredients
    Serves 4
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    ¾ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    ¾ c. water
    10 fresh basil leaves, plus additional for garnish
    2 (5-lb.) seedless watermelons
    4 c. watermelon juice
    2 c. bourbon whiskey
    ¼ c. fresh lime juice
    4 tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    4 tsp. Gustare Vita balsamic glaze
    Lime slices, for garnish

    Things To Grab

    • Small saucepan
    • Fine-mesh sieve
    • S-blade attached to immersion blender
    • Large bowl
    • Spoon

    Directions

    1. Combine sugar, water, and basil leaves in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat. 

    2. Steep, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve; discard basil. Set syrup aside to cool. 

    3. Cut the top from watermelons. Using the S-blade attachment on an immersion blender, blend pulp inside the watermelons until pureed; occasionally remove and transfer the pureed pulp to a sieve set over large bowl. Press pureed pulp in the sieve with the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice; discard pulp. 

    4. For cooler: combine 4 cups watermelon juice, whiskey, basil syrup mixture, lime juice, salt, and balsamic glaze in 2-quart pitcher. Cover and chill until serving. Serve in hollowed-out watermelons or ice-filled glasses. Garnish with lime slices and fresh basil, if desired. 

    Nutrition facts

    Servings

    470 Calories per serving
    7-oz.

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 0g
    • Cholesterol: 0mg
    • Sodium: 2330mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 54g
    • Protein: 1g

    Daily Values

    0%
    Iron 6%
    0%
    Calcium 2%
    0%
    Vitamin D 6%
    0%
    Potassium 4%

    Recipe Source:

    August Seasons 2021