Recipe Redux: Blueberry Basil Cooler

It’s that time again: the monthly Recipe Redux blog challenge! Last month’s theme was grilling (if you missed my Grilled Salmon Burgers with Cherry Chutney check it out), and in keeping with the spirit of summer, the Recipe Redux founders made this month’s theme Summer Beverages.

Back in April, Nutritioulicious intern Megan posted a refreshing recipe for Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Soda to get us ready for summer, but I needed something new for this month’s challenge. Inspired by the blueberries I had in my refrigerator and the basil I received from my weekly CSA share, I decided to make a Blueberry Basil Cooler. I made it non-alcoholic, but feel free to add vodka or gin to it for happy hour!

Blueberry Basil Cooler
Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries, plus more for garnish, rinsed and patted dry
  • ~10 basil leaves, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey (or simple syrup)
  • 12 ounces seltzer or soda water
  • Ice cubes

blueberry basil cocktail

Directions:

  1. Muddle blueberries, basil, lime juice, and honey in the base of a shaker glass.
  2. Add seltzer or soda water and ice cubes and shake to combine.
  3. Fill two glasses with ice cubes and strain the drink evenly between the two glasses. Garnish with blueberries and a basil leaf. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the summer!
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29 Responses to Recipe Redux: Blueberry Basil Cooler


  1. Basil + lime + anything else = heaven in my book 🙂 Such a pretty drink!

    • nutritioulicious says:

      Thank you! Fresh herbs really make summertime drinks the best!

  2. Never thought of adding basil to drinks. I have fresh basil at home. I just have to make sure I get some soda water. Looks great.

    • nutritioulicious says:

      Nour, I love adding fresh herbs to drinks, especially with fruit. I had some basil from my CSA so I figured why not?!

  3. I am just loving the addition of basil! I just commented on Teaspoon Comm that I had a basil mojito this past weekend and loved it! I can’t wait to try this. Yum!

  4. This looks great! And a great idea with all my surplus blueberries, not to mention basil! Thanks!

  5. EA Stewart says:

    Love this drink idea! Now I just need to get a “muddler” :-). Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

    • nutritioulicious says:

      I have a wooden muddler, but you can also use a fork or back of a spoon. It’s super easy! Hope your summer is great so far as well!

  6. Looks so refreshing, I love the basil and the hint of sweetness with the honey. Making this!

    • nutritioulicious says:

      Thanks Danielle!

  7. That looks fantastic!

  8. Yum! Is it wrong if I I envision this with a splash of sparkling wine on top? 🙂

    • nutritioulicious says:

      Not at all! You can totally make it with sparkling wine – it would be delish!

  9. Yuri says:

    Yum! Blueberries lime and basil, what a great combination. Beautiful color too 🙂

    • nutritioulicious says:

      Thanks Yuri!

  10. Emily Greenfield says:

    Yum I love blueberries and basil, will keep this one for summer down under!

  11. Kara Lydon, says:

    Awesome! Don’t you just love the color of blueberry beverages?! So glad we both were able to enjoy the combination of blueberry + basil. It’s perfect!

    • nutritioulicious says:

      I do! I always say we eat with our eyes, and looking at a pretty beverage is very enticing!

  12. looks beautiful, love this recipe

    • nutritioulicious says:

      Thanks Lauren!

  13. Oh Jessica love , love this combo. What did you muddle with? Professional bar tending equipment or a wooden spoon?

    • nutritioulicious says:

      Thanks Emma! I muddled with a wooden muddler that I got from the Distilled Spirits Council, but you can definitely use the back of a wooden spoon or even a regular spoon!

  14. DawnK says:

    We made it for supper last night! Although, maybe should have made a double recipe. We split it three ways. It was good. We’ll have to make it again. Very refreshing!

    • nutritioulicious says:

      Dawn, so glad you tried it and liked it! Thanks for letting me know!

  15. Okay… this settles it. I MUST try this blueberry/basil combo! Looks wonderful, Jessica. So glad to have you participating in The ReDux!

    • nutritioulicious says:

      Thanks Regan! Let me know what you think when you try it! So happy I am part of the ReDux – so much fun to see everyone’s posts and recipes! Now I just need some time to try them all 😉

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