azz up a timeless thirst-quenching drink with fresh herbs and summer fruit.
Servings: Makes about six
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup lemon juice (juice from 4 lemons), rinds reserved
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
4 cups boiling water
3 cups pureed watermelon
Fresh basil leaves
1. In a 4-quart bowl or heat-proof pitcher, use the back of a wooden spoon to bruise 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves. Add lemon juice. Mix juice with sugar. Pour boiling water over juice mixture, stir to dissolve sugar. Add lemon rinds and pureed watermelon. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Remove and discard rinds. Strain through a mesh sieve into a pitcher. Add watermelon wedges and fresh basil leaves. Stir before serving. Makes about six (10-ounce) glasses over ice.