Basil Watermelon Refresher – Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

IMG_2625Basil Watermelon Refresher - Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

I am sure based on the sweat dripping down your brow (and likely other places) right now, we are all fully aware that not only are we at the peak of the summer, but it is a super duper hot-ass summer, at that! With record highs, excessive humidity and a lack of rain, it has been crazy unbearable in our parts and I know that is the case for most other areas in the US.

Basil Watermelon Refresher - Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free
What else is there to do when it is crazy, stupid hot, then to have a refreshing beverage? And no, it doesn’t necessarily have to be an alcoholic beverage, “mocktails” (non-alcoholic cocktails) are just as refreshing, if not more, plus you can save on those empty calories. I am always playing around with different drink recipes over here and since I eat a very clean diet, I try to keep my alcohol consumption to a minimum at home. I feel so much better without it.

I was elated when Free People asked me back as a guest-poster to share a series of non-alcoholic cocktail recipes with their readers through the month of August. Each week I will be sharing a different summertime inspired beverage that is safe for the whole family and is sure to refresh you on the hottest of days. And don’t worry, there will also always be a note on how to make each drink alcoholic, if you wish.

The first recipe I am sharing is Basil Watermelon Refresher. This drink is bursting with refreshing summer flavors. Frozen watermelon and lemon pair together for a sweet and tart treat for your mouth with a surprisingly subtle, sweet and almost spicy punch from the basil. Top the slushy mixture off with sparkling water for a fizzy kick or if you are looking for a kick of a different kind, you replace the sparkling water with Prosecco, a delicious and refreshing dry sparkling white wine.

Basil Watermelon Refresher - Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

Head on over to the Free People Blog, BLDG 25, for the full recipe and stay tuned for more “mocktail” recipes in this series that I will be sharing each week throughout August.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jack August 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

On a hot summer day like those we rarely experience here in the UK :), those would be refeshingly delicious.


2 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free August 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

Is sweat dripping on me right now? No…ask me again in 5 minutes, and it will be!

Looks so delicious and refreshing…off to check out the recipe 😀


3 new cocktail recipes August 9, 2012 at 4:00 am

These look so refreshing!! I have been in a mood to make nothing but refreshingly cold drinks so I have to try both of these. Yum. Hope you are having a great week too!


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