Tangy and delicious twist on a spritzer.
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- 1 pound pitted, stemmed Stemilt cherries
- 3 to 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon (approximately 1/2 small watermelon)
- 1 cup ice
- 2 basil leaves, torn into quarters
- 2 tsp lime zest
- Simple syrup, if desired
- Seltzer water, club soda, or mineral water*
*As preferred, depending on desired level of minerality
Add cherries, watermelon and ice to pitcher of high-speed electric blender (one suitable for crushing ice and handling firm textures). Blend on high (or use “smoothie” option, if applicable) for approximately 1 minute, or until pre-set time has expired. (If necessary, stop machine intermittently to scrape down sides or press ingredients down with a long-handled wooden spoon to remove any air pockets that might impede blending.) Add torn basil leaves and lime zest, pulse just to combine. Use mixer base immediately or store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 days. If not used immediately, ingredients may separate and require a little shake to combine. (If you prefer, this mixer base can be strained prior to use/storage to remove pulpiness.)
To mix a Spritzer, pour approximately ½- to 1-cup of mixer base (as preferred) into an 8-ounce glass (with or without ice), top with Seltzer water and serve immediately.
Note: depending on your desired level of sweetness, you can add a drizzle of simple syrup (see basic recipe below) to your drink.
Simple Syrup (equal parts water and sugar)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Add water and sugar to a saucepan placed over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring intermittently, until sugar has completely dissolved. Cool completely. Store in refrigerator.
Calories: 73, Fat Content: 0.1g, Protein Content: 1.1g, Carbohydrate Content: 18.7g, Fiber Content: 1.9g, Sugar Content: 15.3g, Cholesterol Content: 0mg, Sodium Content: 1.3mg.