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Orange-Basil Cooler

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.

Sunset MAY 2003

  • Yield: Makes 2 servings


  • 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


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 73
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Protein: 0.9g
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 1.4mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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Orange-Basil Cooler recipe