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basil and grapefruit cooler

Basil grapefruit cooler

Published: December 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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  • 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.

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal276
fat0.1g
carbs43.3g
protein0.5g
salt0.02g
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Make this refreshing grapefruit cooler, then check out our peach cooler, watermelon cooler, rhubarb cordial and more picnic drinks recipes.

Ingredients

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

Method

  • 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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