Here’s a jazzy watermelon cocktail made with lime, basil, and Chartreuse, a green liqueur made in France by Carthusian monks. The wittily named cocktail was created by M. Carrie Allan, the “Spirits” columnist of the Washington Post.
4 fresh basil leaves
1 ½ ounces fresh watermelon juice*
1 ¼ ounces green Chartreuse
1 ounce fresh lime juice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 of the basil leaves, then fill the shaker with ice.
Add the watermelon juice, Chartreuse, and lime juice. Shake hard until the ingredients are chilled. Strain the liquid into a glass, garnish with the 4th basil leaf and serve.
*To make watermelon juice, place pieces of watermelon in a blender and puree until liquified. Press the mixture through a fine sieve to remove the pulp.
–Slightly adapted from the recipe by M. Carrie Allan in the Washington Post
Recipe tested by Ellen Ficklen; email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org