Recipe Redux: Blueberry Basil Cooler

July 21, 2011

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


  • 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


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

    1. 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!

    1. 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!

  1. 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!

    1. 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 😉