This exceptionally flavored blending of watermelon and basil are an ideal summertime cooler for young and old. Quite refreshing, relaxing and unique.

Watermelon-Basil Agua Fresca
Recipe type: Non-Alcoholic Beverage
Serves: 10
  • 2 Cups basil leaves, plus extra to garnish
  • 1 Cup simple syrup
  • 5 pounds watermelon, seeded and diced
  • 1 Cup agave nectar
  • 1 Gallon filtered water
  1. To make basil syrup, blanch basil in boiling water for 1 minute; shock in ice water. When basil is cool, dry on paper towels to remove as much water as possible, then purée in blender with simple syrup. Set aside.
  2. In batches, purée watermelon in blender; strain through fine chinois.
  3. Warm agave syrup in microwave for just a couple of minutes to make it easier to work with. Mix watermelon, agave nectar and water, adjusting sweetness as needed depending on ripeness of watermelon.
  4. Serve over ice, garnished with basil syrup and fresh basil leaf.


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