Mix Up These 7 Delightful Basil Cocktails (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

We just love seasonal food — it’s almost always fresher and more affordable than anything that’s out of season, so we love to use it up as much as we can.

One of our favorite seasonal herbs is basil, which is currently at its yearly peak, so grab a big bundle of it when you can and let’s mix up some bright, refreshing cocktails perfect for a warm spring day.

1. Muddled Basil Martini

This vodka cocktail is simple yet delicious. With basil, mint, agave and lime, it is seriously fresh but packs a major punch. You’ll love it!

2. Strawberry-Rhubarb Bellini With Basil 

We absolutely adore Bellinis — especially with brunch on a warm day — but that’s no reason not to mix it up every now and again. Sub peach for sweet, tart strawberries and rhubarb for the perfect combo to stand up to bright basil.

3. Pomelo and Basil Cocktail

Ever had a pomelo before? Whether you love the sweet, tart citrus fruit or have never tried it, we still think you’ll love this herbal gin cocktail. If you can’t get your hands on a pomelo though, a regular ol’ grapefruit will do, although you may want to add a little extra sweetener to taste (honey, simple syrup, brown sugar or agave would all work well here) if you don’t like your drinks too sour.

4. Basil Lime Cooler

This refreshing vodka cocktail is also delicious with gin or tequila if you’re not feeling the original version. It also features an easy basil syrup, and making a big batch of it is a spectacular way to use up a basil surplus, should you be lucky enough to have one.

5. Basil Smash

This gin-based drink is bright green, strong and simple to make, so it’s definitely a winner in our book!

6. Honey-Basil Lemonade

To booze up this virgin recipe, we recommend adding 1-2 ounces of whiskey, although vodka or gin would also be fabulous.

7. Cucumber and Basil Slush

If you want something to cool you off on a hot pre-summer day, you can’t do much better than this cool, refreshing blended vodka drink. Sip it by the pool or sit in front of your air conditioner and imagine you’re at the beach for maximum enjoyment.

Featured Photo Credit: Gin Foundry

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