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Scott Suchman for the Washington Post/food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Spirits Aug 20, 2021

A harmony of lime, sweet watermelon and green Chartreuse, a high-proof liqueur made in France by the Carthusian monastic order, this bright cocktail will make you miss summer even before it’s over. The garnish of basil leaf adds an herbal pop of flavor, aroma and contrasting color.

Total time: 10 mins

Storage Notes: Fresh watermelon juice can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Shake before using.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 4 fresh basil leaves, divided
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces watermelon juice (see NOTE)
  • 1 1/4 ounces green Chartreuse
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice


Chill a cocktail glass. In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle 3 basil leaves, then fill the shaker with ice. Add the watermelon juice, Chartreuse and lime juice, and shake hard until chilled. Double-strain into the chilled glass, garnish with the remaining basil leaf and serve.


To make watermelon juice, blend or crush the fruit's flesh and then strain out the solids.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 176

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 21g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 18g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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