Refreshing with a just-right pop of sweet and tart! Watermelon basil limeade is an easy to make treat the whole family will love to sip.
- 2 cups watermelon chunks
- 8 large basil leaves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup lime juice, about 4 to 5 limes
- 1 cup cold water
- Make the basil syrup. Combine the sugar, water, and basil in a small saucepan. Bring to just a boil, remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove the basil leaves before using.
- Purée the watermelon. In a blender, food processor, or with a hand blender, purée the watermelon until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. You should have about 1 cup of watermelon juice after straining.
- Make the limeade. In a pitcher or pan, whisk together the watermelon juice, basil syrup, lime juice, and water. Transfer to a soda or whipped cream dispenser. Screw the lid and nozzle on tight, and add a fresh CO2 charger to the container. If you don’t have a dispenser, substitute soda water for regular water.
- Serve. Garnish with fresh watermelon, basil, and lime, and enjoy! Add a splash of your favorite liquor to upgrade to an adult cocktail.
- Canned soda water can be substituted if you don’t have a soda or whipped cream dispenser. Use about 3/4 of the can and test before adding the whole can.
- A soda or whipped cream dispenser will work. A soda dispenser is a little more mess proof, the whipped cream dispenser will need to be tilted upside down and the nozzle placed well into the glass.
- If your kids aren’t a big fan of bubbles, they can be skipped! The CO2 infusion makes it just a bit fizzy though and my kids (who don’t like bubble water) love these.
- Category: Non-alcoholic
- Method: Blend
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: watermelon limeade, homemade soda