Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 5 mins

This can be used with good silver tequila to create a memorable watermelon-basil margarita. Just add juice of 1 lime per cocktail. Recipe courtesy of Tillman’s Roadhouse


  1. Combine in a stainless steel pot the water and sugar. Zest 4 of the lemons into the water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and strain the lemon zest out. Add to the ice to chill.
  2. While water is coming to a boil, squeeze the juice from all 8 lemons in a blender. Add in basil and watermelon. Puree until smooth.
  3. Once the lemon syrup is cold, combine with the basil-watermelon puree. Stir well and let sit in the cooler for 1 hour before drinking to allow time for the flavors to meld.
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Even though I didn't make the margaritas as suggested, I did put the juice of 1 lime in each serving I handed out. Kind of a lemon-lime watermelon-basil flavor that was very refreshing. Served at my tapas party.

Member #610488 July 23, 2012