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Step 1: Combine sugar, water, and basil leaves in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Step 2: Steep, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve; discard basil. Set syrup aside to cool.

Step 3: Cut the top from watermelons. Using the S-blade attachment on an immersion blender, blend pulp inside the watermelons until pureed; occasionally remove and transfer the pureed pulp to a sieve set over large bowl.

Step 4: Press pureed pulp in the sieve with the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice; discard pulp.

Step 5: For cooler: combine 4 cups watermelon juice, whiskey, basil syrup mixture, lime juice, salt, and balsamic glaze in 2-quart pitcher.

Step 6: Cover and chill until serving.

Step 7: Serve in hollowed-out watermelons or ice-filled glasses. Garnish with lime slices and fresh basil, if desired.


  • ¾ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
  • ¾ c. water
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 (5-lb.) seedless watermelons
  • 4 c. watermelon juice
  • 2 c. bourbon whiskey
  • ¼ c. fresh lime juice
  • 4 tsp. Hy-Vee salt
  • 4 tsp. Gustare Vita balsamic glaze
  • Lime slices, for garnish