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Fizzy Basil Watermelon Caipirinha

  • August 15th, 2012

If you missed our debut PLAY Ladies Night Out! event, not to worry. I am posting a couple of the seasonal cocktail and mocktail recipes in this post for your enjoyment! We had a grand time with 18 lively women ready to PLAY! Chelsea kicked-off the fun with the thought-provoking, yet amusing game, “If I Were Queen of the World…” While sipping a glass of fresh, seasonal vanilla infused peach sangria, participants shared their wishes for the world which included everything from a world where everyone was kind to men relinquishing ownership of the remote control.

Other games included a fast-moving game of “PLAY charades” with a variety of food and movement related subjects and “Pass the Cucumber” which was a great thigh workout and team building exercise. I considered posting photos of the cucumber game, but decided to spare the participants from embarrassment. As one of our pregnant participants said, “It’s a good thing I’m not further along as I would have had the baby from laughing so hard!”

In addition to Chelsea’s delish peach sangria, we served a fabulous Fizzy Basil Watermelon Caipirinha and a Cucumber Lemonade Chiller with fresh rosemary from my garden. We used local fruits, veggies and herbs when possible and it made for outstanding drinks! The mocktail versions were served with extra sparkling water instead of booze. I also made a thirst-quenching herb water that included sliced limes, lemons, cucumbers, ginger and mint. This concoction can be served in still or sparking water and is a great alternative to plain water – tasty, refreshing and alkalizing!

 

PLAY Ladies Night Out!

Serving up fresh cocktails and mocktails.

 

Here is the recipe for the favorite drink, the Fizzy Basil Watermelon Caipirinha.

Inspired by Marc of norecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups Cachaça (liquor optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut crystals (make into a simple syrup, can also used whole cane sugar)
  • ½ cup basil leaves finely chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 sweet lime juiced (optional)
  • 1 small seedless watermelon peeled and cubed (from a 3-4 pound melon)
  • 2 cups ice
  • mineral water

Directions:

  • Muddle together Cachaca, coconut crystals, basil, and lime juice.
  • Peel and chop watermelon; transfer to a food processor/blender and puree.
  • Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. (Repeat if necessary.)
  • Add watermelon juice and Cachaca mixture into a blender, add 2 cups of ice and blend.
  • Divide among 4 glasses. Add a splash or two of mineral water to taste.

 

Equally, delicious and refreshing, here is the Cucumber-Lemonade Chiller recipe inspired by Delish.com:

Ingredients:

  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1 TBSP of chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¾ cup gin optional
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 TBSP of agave syrup (you could also use raw honey or coconut crystal syrup

Directions:

  • Cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish (optional).
  • Peel and chop the rest of the cucumber; transfer to a food processor, add water and rosemary, and puree.
  • Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. (Repeat if necessary.)
  • Add gin, lemon juice, and agave syrup to the cucumber juice; stir or blend until the agave is dissolved.
  • Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs.

 

Finally, the evenings menu included a Summer Quinoa Salad, Tarragon Chicken Salad, green salad, crudite, hummus and cheese and crackers.

If you’re interested in joining us for our next PLAY Ladies Night Out! event, follow us on Facebook  or sign up for Juicy News and be sure to select PLAY. Learn more about the PLAY Program at www.letsPLAYhealthy.com.

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