Blending the watermelon right in the melon itself is a fun hack that saves you the trouble of scooping it out first and leaves you with a ready-made punch bowl.
- ½ cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 small bunch basil
- 1 large seedless watermelon
- 2 cups lemonade
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, salt, and ¾ cup water. Heat on medium-high until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add the basil. Let basil stand 30 min.
- Meanwhile, place the watermelon on a rimmed baking sheet and carefully trim a very thin slice off the bottom rind so it sits flat. Trim top quarter off the watermelon.
- Push immersion blender into watermelon flesh and slowly begin blending. Blend until all watermelon is liquefied, being careful not to pierce walls or bottom. Strain watermelon purée through fine-mesh strainer and return liquid to empty watermelon.
- Remove basil from syrup. Stir syrup and lemonade into watermelon. Add a ladle to watermelon and serve punch over ice.
- May 2019