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Watermelon – Basil Refresher (No Alcohol)

Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

Prep Time:5 mins   Mixing Time:5 mins   Cuisine:Indian

This refresher is so special to me, why because it has the basil leaves from my tiny backyard plant. Yes, my husband planted few herbs in our backyard and this is part of that patch. Is it not a good feel to cook something, from a fruit/veggie/herb grown in your own garden. Ofcourse it is!! 🙂  

I wanted to surprise my daughters with a refreshing drink once they are back home from school, on a severe sunny day. Made this refreshing chilled drink and when it was quite a great feel for me to see how satisfied they felt. They just loved it.

Watermelon is a fruits that has more than 90% of water. Hence, it has many health benefits like cleansing your inner body along with other nutritional benefits. On the contrary daily adequate intake of this fruit might even cause adverse effects on the health. (info from internet)

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips which I mentioned at the end.

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Ingredients: (for 4 tumblers)

  • Watermelon (seedless) – 5 cups (cubed pieces)
  • Honey/ Sugar/ Maple Syrup – 2 tablespoons 
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tablespoons
  • Basil Leaves – 1 cup (packed)
  • Salt – ¼ teaspoon
  • Ice cold water – 3 cups
  • Ice cubes – 1 cup

Special Ingredients:

  • Ice cold water 
  • Ice cubes


  • Gather all the ingredients at one place.
  • Wash the basil leaves and take them into a blender/processor (leave 4 leaves for garnish)
  • Add the watermelon pieces to the blender except for 1 cup of them which we can use for topping up.
  • Add the honey and lemon juice to the same.
  • Blend everything finely, transfer into a jug. See pic below.

    The blended liquid, before adding water to dilute
  • Take the tumblers, add the remaining watermelon pieces and ice-cubes, by sharing equally.
  • Pour the above blended puree, equally into all 4 tumblers.
  • Add ice-cold water upto the brim of each tumbler.
  • Garnish each with a Basil leaf and a straw. Done!!

    ‘Watermelon-Basil Refresher’ served in tumblers


  • You can avoid honey if you wish to. Add sugar / maple syrup as a replacer.
  • After blending you can strain the liquid, which I avoided.
  • You can dilute the thick pulp with the amount of water you wish to.


  • This refresher is insanely a perfect coolant on a hot summer day.
  • It can also be served as a starter beverage of any meal/party/gathering. 
  • Look at the pics below, you will surely feel like making this sooner.

    ‘Watermelon-Basil Refresher’ served in tumblers

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