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Watermelon-Basil Flavored Water

Watermelon-Basil Flavored Water 6.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Nourish Aug 16, 2018

This beautiful, blush beverage is ideal for summer weekend gatherings when you want a super-quenching drink that is both healthful and elevated.

Make Ahead: The mixture can be refrigerated up to 2 days in advance; re-stir before serving.


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Tested size: 6 servings; makes 6 to 7 cups

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, plus some small leaves, for garnish
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups cubed, seeded or seedless watermelon (1 pound)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, plus thinly sliced wheels or half-moon slices of lime, for garnish


Place the 1/2 cup of basil leaves in a small pot or heatproof mug and pour the cup of boiling water over them. Use a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon to crush the basil leaves. Let steep and cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the watermelon and 2 cups of the cold water in a blender; puree until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, and discard the solids.

Strain/discard the basil leaves from their water, then add that liquid to the pitcher, along with the remaining 2 cups of cold water and the lime juice, stirring to incorporate.

Serve over ice, garnishing each portion with basil leaves and lime slices.

Recipe Source

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Miriam Albert.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 25

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 6g 2%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 5g

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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