Watermelon-Basil Seltzer

Housemade soda syrups at Northern Spy Food Co. reflect the seasons and often find their way into the more grown-up drinks on their menu, such as this summertime favorite, which staves off that steamy NYC heat.


4 cups watermelon
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup fresh basil
simple syrup (1:1)


Peel and chop the watermelon. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Tear up the basil and add to the bowl with the sugar and watermelon. Let sit for 45 minutes at room temperature. Run the mixture through a juicer or blend well in a blender. Strain and add simple syrup to taste.


Fill a tall glass with ice. Tear a few leaves of fresh basil onto ice. Add 2 ounces of the watermelon-basil syrup. Top with soda, stir and garnish with lime and sprig of basil.


Chris Ronis, Northern Spy Food Co., New York City



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