Strawberry Basil Lemonade with Vodka Watermelon “Ice Cubes”

Strawberry Basil Lemonade
(with Grown Up Watermelon Ice Cubes)

Vodka Watermelon Ice Cubes:
1 watermelon
1 bottle of vodka
Funnel

Cut a hole into the watermelon (don’t throw out the piece).

Insert funnel.  Pour vodka in to the top of the funnel.

Allow the vodka to soak into the flesh of the watermelon. You will have to do this in several installments.  You can also make several holes to get the vodka to more evenly distribute.

Once vodka has soaked in, plug up the hole(s) and refrigerate overnight.

Marvin the Depressed Robot
Mavis the Drunken Watermelon of Questionable Morals

Related?  You decide.

Ok, moving on.  Grab your drinking materials onto you.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Fresh basil, several “stalks”
3-4 Strawberries (per drink)
1 ounce lemon juice (per drink)
Seltzer water (regular water is fine)

In a pot with high sides, add sugar and cover with water.  Bring to a boil.  Once it’s at a boil, remove from heat and add basil.

Let basil infuse for an hour.

Now, you have basil simple syrup.

Slice the strawberries and add them to glass. Or ball jar.

Muddle strawberries. Don’t have a muddler?  Me either.  I just used the back of a wooden spoon.

Smash!

Me smash good.

(Food processor smashes even better…)

Then add 2 ounces of basil syrup and 1 ounce of lemon juice.  Add 4-5 ounces of seltzer water.  Stir.

Cube up watermelon (you can pop the cubes in the freezer if you want the drink to be extra cold) and add as ice cubes. Be careful.  They don’t taste boozy, but they are really, really boozy.

In related news – dogs love watermelon.

So, apparently, do chickens.

(these are my friend Dana’s chickens.  I want to steal them.  A lot. Dana, if you ever find your chickens missing I promise it was the coyotes. No need to come to my apartment.  Repeat, do not check my apartment.)

p.s. – I didn’t feed my dogs the boozy watermelon, though that arguably would have been fun.  I bought two.

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