Herb for Health Recipes: Not-so-sober October

Herb for Health Recipes: Not-so-sober October

Lemon & Basil Spritzer and Smash, Cocktail or 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 theme of herbs for health.

The Recipe

For 1 tall glass, 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.

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.

Enjoy the flavours of basil and lemon for a summer vibe.




Bonus Read:

More than just taste, herbs can bring health and joy to our lives. Stay tuned for our complete collection of articles, recipes and more...


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