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Orange-Basil Cooler

James Carrier
Yield Makes 2 servings
Cinnamon, Thai, and lemon basils add fragrant overtones to this drink, but almost any basil works well, with the exception of red ones, which give a slightly duller color. After adding the orange juice, you can cover mixture and chill up to 1 day if desired.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rinsed, lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup soda water
  • sprigs of fresh basil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 73
  • caloriesfromfat 1 %
  • protein 0.9 g
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 18 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • sodium 1.4 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a 1-quart glass measure or bowl, combine basil leaves (see notes) and sugar. With a wooden spoon, crush leaves with the sugar until thoroughly bruised. Add orange juice and mix. Pour through a fine wire strainer into two ice-filled glasses (at least 10- to 12-oz. size). Add soda water to each glass and mix. Garnish coolers with rinsed sprigs of fresh basil.