Watermelon Basil Cooler

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With all the summer heat, sometimes you just want something cool and refreshing. Sometimes you want that to be something other than water. This drink is inspired by one served at Bison & Bourbon in Brooklyn. I didn’t get it exactly like theirs, but this tastes pretty good too! If you are having a summer get together, it will definitely impress your family!


  • Watermelon
  • A few basil leaves
  • Seltzer
  • Crushed ice
  • (optional) Honey, date sugar/syrup, or sugar to taste


  • Cheese cloth
  • Blender/food processor/nurtri-bullet*

Scoop pieces of fresh watermelon and a few leaves of fresh basil in to your food processor and process until smooth. Depending on how powerful your machine is this may take a few minutes. Strain the juice using the cheese cloth into a container with a good lid and add one to two leaves of crushed fresh basil. Let sit for at least 1 hour. When you are ready to serve, fill a glass halfway with crushed ice. Then add seltzer to the halfway point. Fill to the top with the watermelon mixture and garnish with fresh basil. Enjoy!

*I recommend the nutri-bullet if you have one. The powerful blade will help you get the most juice out of your watermelon!