Wood’s Maple Watermelon Basil Lemonade
- 1 ½ cup diced watermelon
- 1 cup cold water
1 cup granulated maple sugar
- 5 basil leaves
- 6 heaping cups diced watermelon
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 cup lemon juice
- Watermelon simple syrup
¼ cup Wood’s Maple Syrup - added sweetener
- Seltzer water
Watermelon Simple Syrup—
Make the simple syrup—
In a small saucepan combine the watermelon, cold water, basil leaves, and Wood’s Maple Sugar.
- Stir to combine, and bring to a rolling boil over high heat.
- Reduce the heat to medium/low and cook until the mixture is slightly syrupy and the watermelon pieces have somewhat softened, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, strain over a small bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Discard the solids and set the liquid aside to cool.
- Combine the cold water and diced watermelon in a blender and puree until smooth (You can also use a hand blender).
- Combine the watermelon and water in a large bowl, then puree until smooth.
- Strain the watermelon mixture into a large bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Discard the solids.
- Add the lemon juice, simple syrup, and additional maple syrup, if using.
- Stir to combine and adjust the flavors as needed.
- Add ice to a mason jar, about 6 oz of watermelon lemonade, and top with seltzer water, garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
Adult Version - add 1 jigger of your favorite spirit and Ice to a shake, add Watermelon lemonade, shake, and strain into an ice-filled mason jar.
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