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Happy Hour: An Unexpected Combination

I don’t know why, but I really like this dress.  It’s not a dress that I would normally choose, but sometimes it’s nice to try something different–like a cocktail with watermelon and basil.  Not a combination that you would usually think of, but it’s refreshingly delicious.

BCBG Runway Banded Dress (ShopBop, $265)

Watermelon-Basil Margaritas 


7 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon, rind removed, fruit cut into 1-inch cubes
4 teaspoons superfine sugar
6 ounces (3/4 cup) silver tequila
24 basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
3 ounces (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) triple sec
6 cups small ice cubes


Place 24 watermelon cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Cover, and freeze at least 1 hour.

Puree remaining watermelon and the sugar in a blender until smooth. Pass through a sieve lined with cheesecloth into a bowl. (You should have 3 cups.)

Place tequila and basil in a glass pitcher, and crush with a wooden spoon. Stir in watermelon juice and triple sec.

Place watermelon cubes in glasses. Using a cocktail shaker, mix 3/4 cup margarita with 1 cup ice. Strain into a glass. Repeat. Serve garnished with basil.


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  1. Dr. Jean Grey says:

    Pass on the dress, but pass me one of those cocktails please!

    August 6, 2010/Reply
  2. Stephanie says:

    I just had watermelon-basil sorbet the other day, and it was delicious, so I’ll definitely be trying this cocktail! I love the dress, but I think it’d be too short for me to actually wear anyplace.

    August 6, 2010/Reply
  3. Norwegianette says:

    Dress – no, thanks
    Cocktail – yes, please!

    August 6, 2010/Reply
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  5. Dcista says:

    I dunno- looks like she is sprouting something from an unflattering place in that dress

    August 9, 2010/Reply
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