Cucumber and Basil Slush Recipe


With temperatures rising into the 90s and above, everyone is looking for a way to cool off. One of my favorite ways is with an icy beverage known as the slush—a simple combination of ice and liquid in a blender.

Since the temperature is dramatic, I figured even the slush needed to be taken up a notch by using the classic, cool flavor combination of cucumber and lime, brightened up with fresh basil leaves. The light flavor of cucumber feels instantly refreshing while the basil and lime bring a little energy to the drink. The addition of vodka gives this icy cocktail just enough kick to keep you on your toes without knocking you out.

The result is a cool—both in temperature and flavor—cocktail that will make even the hottest days bearable.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 1 kirby cucumber, sliced

  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1/4 cup basil leaves

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/4 cup vodka

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 3 1/2 cups ice

  • Garnish: cucumber slice


  1. Place all the ingredients in the blender. Using the ice crush setting, blend until all the ingredients are even and finely chopped, about 30 seconds.

  2. Pour the slush into a glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice and a straw.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
149 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 149
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 85mg 2%
*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.)