To turn this drink into a cocktail, skip the seltzer and shake 6 ounces strained juices and 2 ounces vodka with ice, says Eduardo Chavez, who has created some of Oprah's favorite refreshments.

Serves 6


  • 3 cups honeydew pieces, chilled (from a seeded and peeled 3-pound melon)
  • 2 medium cucumbers (1 pound), peeled, seeded, chopped and chilled
  • 1 cup basil leaves, plus more, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • ½ cup lime juice (from about 4 limes)
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 12 ounces seltzer, chilled


    Total time: 30 minutes

    In a blender, combine honeydew, cucumbers, basil, lime juice and sugar. Blend until mixture is liquefied. Pour through a fine mesh strainer and discard pulp. To serve, pour 1 cup of mixture into each glass and then add ¼ cup seltzer in each. Garnish with sliced basil.

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