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Lemon and Basil Spritzer and Smash, Cocktail or Mocktail

Updated: Jun 24

Lemon Basil cocktail mocktail

On the subject of a dry (booze free) month our first thought was for a classic mojito, sans alcohol. We were also recommended to look into the lemon and basil spritzer, a wonderful pairing of flavours for a mocktail and in keeping with our recurring them of herbs for health.

For those who might want to enjoy and alcoholic version, there is a gin based version to enjoy!


The Recipe

For 1 tall glass of you will need 1 lemon (halved), a half dozen or so basil leaves, 2 teaspoons of fine sugar (white or brown, or a simple syrup or sweetener of your choice) and soda water.

Start with the Basil Leaves and Sugar

  • Put the mint leaves in the bottom of a tall glass. Add a splash of soda and the sugar.


  • Use the back or handle of a spoon to muddle (smash) the basil and sugar together. This helps to dissolve the sugar and infuse the flavours.

Squeeze in the Lime

  • Squeeze the juice from the lemon halves into the mix.

Add the Ice

  • Don't overfill the glass with ice.

Top with Soda

  • Top off the glass with soda. Leave space at the top for stirring.

Stir and Enjoy

  • Gently stir the ingredients together to mix the flavours. For added style, add a basil top as a garnish.


Ok, if you want the version with gin, this video goes into a little more detail. Alternatively before adding the soda, pour a shot of gin over the ice and basil mixture.


Whether with alcohol or not, enjoy the flavours of basil and lemon for a summer vibe. If you want to have a chat about healthier living, cutting back on the booze, beating stress or following the doctor's advice, we can help. Just drop us a line to see how our consults and programmes can help.



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