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Watermelon Punch

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.

Serves 8
Ready in 50 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 5 mins
Brewing time 30 mins
275 calories per serving


> 1/2 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.

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