I’m Makin’ Basil/Mint Watermelon Cocktails…Want One?

by Jeff Berkowitz on June 4, 2010 · 3 comments

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What a day!…Hot!…I just can’t seem to get cool…and it is stressing me out. I have this idea…It is a great day for cold watermelon…darn…we ate it all last night. I really want more watermelon…off to the store. I have this idea and I am not really sure it will work…I am going to make a drink out of watermelon. Sounds cool…and since I am in a Thai mood I will add mint, basil and lime. We have some clear liquor: vodka, gin, tequila…that’ll do. But I really want watermelon.

Back from the store…with a gorgeous watermelon and the price is coming down. I always look for melons that have no soft spots, gashes, or cracks and I knock on the melon rind to hear the timber of the thing. I listen for a good resonance, that tells me the flesh is fully formed, there is plenty of water in the flesh and the flesh has not deteriorated… well at least it works for me (he might be a little crazy, but at least the recipes have been good so far…). I got some great looking basil and mint. So I think this will make a great tasting cocktail type drink or a hi-ball. Did you ever drink watermelon juice?…this one time I made watermelon sorbet…oh, sorry that is a story for another day. So martinis are all basically the same…a dry liquor, a sweet liquor ( or something to lighten the liquor), ice to shake or stir it over to give it that ice cold blast and sometimes a juice…oh yeah and a garnish.

Most cocktails follow that basic recipe…more or less and I figured that if there were some kids around the liquor could be left out and on a hot day the watermelon and the mint would be great. The first batch was great, I would not change anything. One of the nice things about this drink is that unlike the popular Mojito there is no muddling and you don’t have to strain the drink through your teeth. All of the herbs are pureed in the blender and did I mention that mint really cools you off and that I was feeling really hot today…I think I did. Here is what I did:

Cut about 8 cups of watermelon into cubes (that was about ½ of one of those round seedless watermelons). Seedless helps so you don’t have to strain it. Put the melon into a blender and blend until smooth. That will release all of the juice. I squeezed about ¼ cup of fresh lime juice and added it to an empty blender with ¼ cup of simple syrup (I had that left over from a batch of lemonade this weekend, in the summer we always have simple syrup for lemonade). I added 2 cups of crushed ice and 2 cups of water melon. Then I tried about a Tbsp of basil leaves and a Tbsp of mint leaves. Blended it all until it was smooth and I used a shaker to assemble drinks with the alcohol of choice for whoever wanted some. We wound up trying it with gin which was great and tequila which was great. I wonder how it would be with vodka… 😉 I think pretty good and by the way it was great by itself so give it a try, it will cool you off.


  • 2 cups of watermelon juice
  • 2 cups of ice cubes
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice ( lemon might be good too)
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh mint leaves
  • 6 0z of your favorite liquor

Blend until smooth. Serve up or on the rocks and have fun…

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1 Astrid July 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

We jsut tried your cocktail, using lemon juice and lemon vodka – delicious!!!!! Will certainly make this again. Thanks for the recipe!


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