Basil-Infused Watermelon Lemonade

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Photo by Dave Bradley Photography. Styling by Rowena Day.

Originally posted on justapinch.com

Ingredients: 
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup fresh basil*, thiny sliced
8 cup watermelon, cubed and seeded
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
*For a twist on this, try Thai basil instead of the standard Italian. 

Directions: 
1. Combine 1 cup of water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in basil; chill 1 hour. Strain sugar mixture through a sieve over a bowl, and discard basil.
2. Place watermelon in a blender; process until smooth. Pour watermelon puree through a fine sieve into a large bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Combine watermelon liquid, sugar mixture, and juice in a pitcher; chill. Garnish glasses with lemon if desired.

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