There is nothing better in the summer than a nice cold beverage when it's steamy and hot outside.
On the drive home I got a bit of a craving for watermelon, but I wanted something cold and icy too. It would take too long to cut it into cubes and freeze it. I was walking past the herbs and got a whiff of basil, and an idea struck!
Now you have to understand, I love basil. I really love basil. I find fresh basil absolutely intoxicating. I like to bury my face in it and just inhale. I breathe in deep breaths, into my nose, my lungs, my stomach, my toes. It fills me up and makes me go, "Ahhhh..."
I grabbed up a bunch of basil and I hurried home. The results of this little experiment? AMAZING!
Watermelon Basil Chiller
Watermelon (sans seeds)
Pinch of Salt
Now this is SUPER easy.
Cut up the watermelon and toss it in a blender with some ice, some salt, and a handful of basil leaves, and mix. If it's too thick, add a splash of water (or better yet, green tea!)
Pour it in a pretty glass. If you want to get all fancy add an umbrella and enjoy! I chose to enjoy it out on my porch while waiting for dinner to cook. :)
*PS: You could easily boozify this for your barbecue cocktail party. If so, what would you use?