Basil Lime Cooler

[Photo: Kelly Carámbula ]

Note: This recipe makes enough basil syrup for about 8 cocktails. Excess syrup can be stored for up to one week in a covered refrigerated container.

Basil Lime Cooler

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:cocktail shaker
This recipe appears in: Drinking in Season: Basil Lime Cooler


  • For the Basil Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 basil leaves
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 1 ounce basil syrup
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 2 to 3 ounces seltzer
  • Garnish: basil sprig


  1. 1

    For the Basil Syrup: Combine water, sugar, and basil leaves in a small saucepan. Heat over high heat until boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Basil syrup will keep for one week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

  2. 2

    For the Cocktail: Combine 1 ounce basil syrup, lime juice, and vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Fill a collins glass with ice, then strain the cocktail into the glass. Add extra basil leaves to the glass, top with seltzer and stir gently. Garnish with straw and basil sprig.


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