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Tuscan Spiked Watermelon


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  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 3/4 cup Sambuca
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional)
  • 9 cups cubed seedless or seeded chilled watermelon


Servings 6
Adapted from


Step 1

Combine the first four ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook at a low simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Place watermelon in a wide container. Drizzle Sambuca mixture over watermelon, trying to cover every piece, and gently toss. Cover dish and place in refrigerator. Chill at least 2 hours or until serving time.


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