Cool off with a watermelon slush sweetened with a blueberry and basil syrup and spiked with a splash of gin.
Summertime is made for juicy watermelon slices and sticky fingers. But let’s be real: there is nothing better than sipping on a cool drink and breathing in a warm summer breeze. So I blended fresh watermelon chunks with ice and alcohol. It was a great life choice.
This slushie is the perfect drink a weekend. You’ll want to be sipping these babies all summer long – with or without the alcohol. The watermelon/blueberry/basil combo is a knock-out, and I could drink it all day.
This drink comes together easily: a quick blueberry sauce is cooked, strained, and cooled, then poured into the bottom of your favorite beverage receptacle and topped with watermelon slush.
If you’re not a fan of gin you can use vodka instead, the taste of which is more easily masked by the other flavors.
For something without the booze, you have to make this Sparkling Jasmine Limeade.
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon water
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 cups cut watermelon
- 3 cups of ice
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 3 oz gin I used Bombay Sapphire
- 1 oz 2 Tablespoons Grand Marnier
- 3 basil leaves
- Put two glasses in the freezer to chill.
- Make the quick blueberry sauce: heat the blueberries, sugar, water and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the blueberries break down a bit and the sauce thickens. Strain through a mesh sieve and set aside to cool.
- Blend the watermelon, ice, lemon juice, gin, and basil on high until just combined. It should be thick and slushy – if you want it even slushier, add more ice.
- Take out each chilled glass and spoon half the blueberry puree jam into the bottom, rubbing it around the bottom sides as you go. Pour in the watermelon slush. Serve with more blueberries and basil and a straw for slurping.
Leili is a Boston-based food writer and recipe developer who shares all of her kitchen adventures on her food blog, Yin and Yolk. She loves cooking up healthy comfort food dishes but also has a passion for pastries, and strives to create recipes that are both delicious and wholesome. When she's not experimenting in the kitchen, she can be found perusing the local farmer's market, jogging through the city, or trying out new places to eat.