James Carrier
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.

How to Make It

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Vaugirard12's Review

July 17, 2010
Easy enough to make (but be sure you don't use too fine of a strainer). I might improvise next time and make it with mint or another herb. Quite refreshing on a hot summer day