basil and grapefruit cooler

Basil grapefruit cooler

  • serves 6
  • Easy

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.



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


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 276
  • Carbs 43.3g
  • Protein 0.5g
  • Fat 0.1g
  • Salt 0.02g