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Food & Wine's Kay Chun riffs on a classic margarita here, combining white tequila and fresh lime juice with chunks of frozen honeydew melon and a quick, brightly flavored sweet basil puree. While you can make the sweet basil puree ahead of time, it's always best to squeeze the lime juice right before blending the drink, so it retains its fresh flavor. Slideshow:  More Margarita Recipes 

July 2016


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
Makes 4 cocktails


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the basil leaves and blanch just until wilted, about 20 seconds. Pour into a blender and let cool slightly, then puree until smooth. Refrigerate until cold.

  • In a blender, combine the frozen melon with the tequila, lime juice and 6 tablespoons of the basil puree; puree until smooth. Divide among chilled glasses and garnish with basil sprigs.

Make Ahead

The sweet basil puree can be refrigerated overnight.