This slushie is as beautiful as it is refreshing. Fresh basil is the secret ingredient: We steep it in a simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water), then remove it before blending the slushie, so it adds a subtle herbaceous note.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Watermelon Lemonade Slushie
Total:
3 hr 10 min
Active:
5 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
3 hr 10 min
Active:
5 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Place the watermelon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze until completely frozen, like ice cubes, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, cook the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely melted, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the chopped basil and stir until completely wilted. Cool completely at room temperature, at least 1 hour.

When the watermelon is completely frozen, put half in a blender. Strain the basil syrup into the blender, use the back of a wooden spoon or spatula to press down on the basil to extract as much flavor as possible, and discard the basil. Add the lemon juice, and blend until the mixture is mostly smooth, pushing it down with a wooden spoon or spatula if needed. Add the remaining watermelon, and continue to blend until the mixture is completely smooth.

Spoon the mixture into 4 short glasses (or wineglasses, if you want to be fancy), and garnish each with a basil leaf.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Strawberry Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Watermelon and Arugula Salad

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Crunchy Lemonade Drumsticks

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Prosecco Punch

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Cherry Lemonade Super-Slushie

Recipe courtesy of Food Network

Watermelon Jalapeno Lemonade

Blackberry and Gin Slushie

Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

Blueberry Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Craveworthy Eats 3 Videos

Crave-Worthy Egg Sandwich 03:24

Claire puts her own spin on a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          Giada at Home

          10am | 9c

          Giada at Home

          10:30am | 9:30c

          Giada at Home

          11am | 10c

          Giada Entertains

          11:30am | 10:30c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

          8pm | 7c

          Burgers, Brew & 'Que

          4:30am | 3:30c

          Get Cooking