Basil Lime Cooler Recipe

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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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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

  • Basil sprig to garnish


  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. 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.

Special equipment

cocktail shaker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
151 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 23mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)