Summer Drink Recipe: Watermelon Basil Lime Mocktail

This summer drink recipe for Watermelon Basil Lime Mocktail is a sponsored post.

Watermelon Basil Lime Mocktail

My childhood summers often involved sitting on laws and drinking fruit drinks, otherwise known as Kool-Aid made from those little packets, with my friends. I’m still spending summers with my friends but the summer drink recipe is a little more grown up.  You could say our tastes are a little more refined. Ok, who am I kidding, it’s that we just don’t want to mix up those little flavor packets with sugar.

Kool-Aid has come a long way baby.

Kool-Aid in a 96oz bottle

Here’s the thing though, I have the feeling my friends might raise their eyebrows at me just the tiniest bit if I tell them them our main drink at our next picnic is Watermelon or Fruit Punch straight from the bottle. BUT if I craft a new summer drink recipe using one of my childhood favorites, they will be none the wiser. Am I right or am I right?

I’m going to toot my own horn here and tell you this recipe is fabulous. You will be sad if you don’t make it for your next night with the girls or grill out. It’s that good. And you’ll never really know this refreshing mocktail started out as your favorite childhood fruit drink. I won’t tell if you have a second glass!

Summer Drink Recipe - Watermelon Basil Lime Cocktail

Summer Drink Recipe: Watermelon Basil Lime Mocktail

Makes 6 (ish) cups

2 cups fresh watermelon
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 3-4 small limes), plus limes wedges and slices for garnish
1 cup fresh basil leaves, stems removed
2 cups Kool-Aid Watermelon fruit drink
2 cups club soda


Combine watermelon chunks, lime juice and basil leaves in your favorite blender and give it a few whirls until combined. Next, add the Kool-Aid Watermelon fruit drink and blend again.


Pour the watermelon mixture into your pitcher and then add your club soda. Add a few fresh lime slices and stir.

If you’re feeling particularly festive you can use your watermelon shell to create a bowl to serve your Mocktail out of. Way more fun than a punch bowl don’t you think? If I’m using the watermelon as punch bowl I will double my batch depending on the size of the watermelon.

Watermelon punch bowl




Watermelon Mocktail toast

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. This was so amazingly delicious. I’m so glad you shared it with us this weekend. I’m definitely pinning it for the future. Such a perfect summer drink!

  2. That looks so good! Definitely need to have that at our next event!

  3. Oh I bet my husband would love this! I need to try this out. Thanks.

  4. Looks so cool and refreshing. I love adding mint, thyme and basil to drinks.

  5. What an interesting combination of flavors! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  6. Even though this is a “mocktail” I have a feeling its absolutely amazing! I need to try soon! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love that this is a Mocktail, it looks like a very refreshing summer drink. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon.
    Miz Helen


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