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basil and grapefruit cooler

Basil grapefruit cooler

Published: December 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • plus infusing time
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

If you are having a party it's good to have a recipe for an easy cocktail you can make in a jug for a crowd. This one has a base of vodka and chilled grapefruit juice then is finished with fresh basil leaves.


Make this refreshing grapefruit cooler, then check out our peach cooler, watermelon cooler, rhubarb cordial and more picnic drinks recipes.


  • t 6 pink or yellow grapefrui
  • 300ml vodka
  • a small bunch basil
  • 200g caster sugar


  • STEP 1

    Using a vegetable peeler remove the zest from 3 of the grapefruit and put the zest in a jar. Pour over the vodka and leave to infuse for at least 24 hours.

  • STEP 2

    Cut all the grapefruit in half and juice – if making ahead of time, freeze the juice until it’s needed.

  • STEP 3

    Pick the leaves from the basil and add the stalks to a small saucepan with the sugar and 200ml of water. Gently heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved, then cool, strain and chill until needed.

  • STEP 4

    Put half the basil leaves in a jug, pour over the vodka, 300ml of basil stock syrup and the pink grapefruit juice and stir.

  • STEP 5

    Fill 6 glasses with ice, the remaining basil and a little pink grapefruit zest (use the stuff from the vodka), and fill with cocktail mix.


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