June 15, 2022
After living in Canada for almost a decade, moving to Houston’s warm climate came as a welcome change. I felt right at home during the balmy summers, which reminded me much of the weather in New Delhi.
Now, having lived here for upward of 20 years, what I look forward to most during the onset of summer is the abundance of fruits_ melons, mangoes, cherries, and tomatoes. This simple watermelon drink is a great way to stay hydrated — the basil adds a haunting fragrance and the salt and chile balance the flavors. If the watermelon is very sweet, eliminate the honey. You can also kick it up a notch by adding a few shots of gin.
1/2 cup boiling water
4 tablespoons honey
Generous pinch of salt
Scant pinch of chili powder
8 cups roughly chopped seedless watermelon
15 to 20 leaves basil
Juice of 2 limes
Lime wheels for garnish
Pour boiling water over the honey, salt, and chili powder and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir together until the honey has dissolved; and, in a blender, combine with the watermelon, basil leaves, and purée until completely smooth. Strain if you desire (the pulp has lots of fiber) and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Serve over ice garnished with basil leaves and lime wedges.
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