Drinking the Farmer’s Market: Lemon Basil & Watermelon Slushy with Homemade Lemon Basil-Infused Vodka

June 29th, 2013 - filed under: The Food » Recipes


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.

Blend until smooth and slushy and delicious.


Serve garnished with basil; glass straw optional (but highly recommended!)

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!



  • serena

    Do a bit of research into agave and I don’t think you’ll like what you find. It’s very highly processed, even the raw organic stuff, high in fructose and far from the traditional agave sweetener.

  • veggiesara

    Hmm, sounds like the perfect drink for summer!

  • http://coconutandberries.com/ coconutandberries

    Oh yum! I so wish I could get good watermelon over here. I’ve just spent a week in Spain where the fruit was so fantastic.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I’ve done my research and I’m completely comfortable using agave here and there. The anti-agave hype mostly sources back to Mercola, who I consider to be a snake oil salesman of the worst kind, and the WAPF, who are, well, crazy. Anyway, here’s a great article that breaks down the truth about agave in scientific terms:


  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    It really really is!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Where are you?

  • http://coconutandberries.com/ coconutandberries

    In England! No tropical fruits over here :(

  • skeptk_vegan

    This sounds SO refreshing!

  • serena

    Sorry for that negative sounding comment on such a beautiful post. I think you do a great job with this blog and sharing your knowledge. If I had thought about it I would have known you’d already done your research. Thanks for the article link. Here’s a quote I like: “what is a healthy sweetener? One you’re use moderately and sensibly. “

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    No worries, I wasn’t offended. It’s all good! =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Yeah, that’s a tough one. And so many of my cocktails are fruit-based, because that’s what I’ve got to work with where I live. But next Sunday’s is pure herb, very different. Definitely Britain-friendly. =)

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