We wait patiently for it – ever so patiently – all year long. Because it’s just not the same out of season. But when the world begins to heat up, the eager anticipation sets in. Because we know it’s coming. Cool and sweet and refreshing and really, is there anything more superbly summery than WATERMELON? I think not.
Icy. Blended. Spiked.
This is a simple, 4-ingredient drink. Just don’t forget to pre-freeze your watermelon! You’ll need:
4 cups frozen watermelon (I threw whole watermelon quarters into the freezer, and then cubed it the next morning)
4 ounces lemon basil-infused vodka (see infusion instructions here; herbs like basil take about a week) (also, you could totally use regular basil)
2 ounces Combier
1 ounce raw agave
To prepare, combine all the ingredients in a blender, then add 2 cups of ice.
As always, cocktail recipes should be taken as loose guidelines rather than strict instructions. For this concoction, plain basil would work just as well as lemon basil in the infusion. And we used Combier, but any high-quality Triple sec will do (you can check vegan-status of booze here). Simple syrup could stand in for agave.
I adore bitters because they really allow you to tinker with a drink in a very subtle, yet completely compelling way. I added cardamom bitters to this mix, and it was *totally* epic. Highly recommended!