Let’s just get this out of the way, we don’t drink alcohol. As in ever. But we do like to enjoy holidays and parties with a little something special and festive in our glasses. That’s where this Lemon Basil Spritzer~Non Alcoholic “Mocktail” comes into play!
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The Lemon Basil Spritzer~ Non Alcoholic “Mocktail”-Bubbly, Delicious and So Easy!
This drink is a favorite anytime we want something a little more celebratory than plain old water. It’s made with muddled basil and lemon, a simple syrup or sugar free Stevia option, and sparkling water.
How to Muddle a Lemon or Lime…
A muddle is a bartenders tool used to crush ingredients so flavors release and blend, in this case lemon and basil. You will need a muddling tool, but in a pinch you could use the flat end of a wooden spoon…awkward and not as convenient and your friends might make fun of you…so, on second thought get the muddler.
You start by rolling your citrus on a hard surface to soften. Then you cut the end off your lemon, set it on the flat side, and cut lemon into six equal wedges. Drop two lemon wedges and a few leaves of basil into the glass and smash with the muddler. You have now muddled. Good for you. … by the way my gorgeous cutting board is from Small Axe Woodshop and it’s like buttah! It would also make a great holiday gift, hint, hint… honey I want the dark walnut board in my stocking…now back to our spritzer…
Simple Syrup or Naturally Sugar Free Stevia Option:
After muddling, you add some fresh squeezed lemon juice and sparkling water for a fizzy, liver friendly drink! You can sweeten this drink with a simple syrup made ahead of time, or with liquid Stevia drops. It’s fantastically delicious both ways!
The Recipe: Lemon Basil Spritzer~ Non Alcoholic “Mocktail”
Tips and what you need: if using simple syrup, make ahead of time so it is cooled and ready to use. If you prefer Stevia drops,<—we use these. You will need a muddling tool and a hand held juicer for squeezing lemon juice.
A light bubbly Lemon Basil Spritzer~ Non Alcoholic "Mocktail" with a simple syrup or low carb, keto friendly, naturally sugar free option. The amount of simple syrup included in the recipe will make 6-8 drinks. And just a reminder, all ingredients can be adjusted to taste!
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 leaves fresh basil
- 2 lemon wedges
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup or 4-5 drops liquid stevia
- 3/4 cup cold sparkling water
- basil leaves or lemon wedges for garnish
If using simple syrup, place water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil, lower and simmer for 6 minutes. Allow to cool. If using liquid stevia, skip this step
To make drink: place a few basil leaves and 2 lemon wedges in bottom of glass, muddle, crushing the lemon wedges and basil together
Add lemon juice and either simple syrup or stevia drops, and muddle more. Then pour tonic water into glass.
Add a few ice cubes, and garnish with additional basil and lemon wedges if desired.
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Oh yum! I bet the basil is sooo good in this!
So good! Just a hint of that herby flavor! Yum
Mmm this looks so refreshing and flavourful! You just know that I would love this one.. Sharing with some friends who will just love it too!!
Perfect for the Holiday season (aka drinking season!) for those of us looking to scale back on the alcohol!
I love this option, Linda, instead of alcoholic drinks, so healthy, beautiful, lively and delicious!! Yay for that stevia option too!
Thank Megan, and honestly, I like the Stevia option just as much as the simple syrup option!
Such a great tutorial! Thank you for the step by step! I am definitely making this!
Lol I needed the step by step because we don’t drink! I need to learn to muddle myself:)
Yay for mocktails! We don’t drink at all either, so I always appreciate festive mocktails like this. I LOVE this flavor combo for this one. So yummy!
We love this one, so fresh and light. Thanks Emily!
Refreshing homemade goodness! I have my basil plant that needs to be used up before the freezing temperatures hit! What a great combo!
This looks so refreshing! I love the added basil, I bet it gives this so much flavour!
oh wow ! They look just so fabulous ! Love it’s so healthy and refreshing, too!
This sounds so good! I have a sad little basil plant hanging on for dear life (I’m not really good with plants, unfortunately) that I’m going to have to make sure survives so I can make this!
Yes! Use it quick!
This is great! We don’t drink, either, so it’s nice to find a new non-alcoholic beverage. Pinning!
I just bought a bunch of lemons! Can’t wait to try this!
Oh good! Hope you and the baby are well!
That basil syrup sounds wonderful! This is THE perfect summer beverage! It is 90 here today, and I would like nothing more than to sit in the shade and sip SEVERAL of these!
My trees are still growing lemons and they are huge! I still have basil too…but in CA it’s summer all the time!
I’m going to make this stat! Basil in drinks is one of my favorites!
I have been making this several times a week lol. I love it!
I love this fun and beautiful mocktail for holiday parties. I may have to whip some up for Thanksgiving. They would be great with brunch 🙂
This is so fizzy and refreshing and perfect for the holidays or celebrations.
Can I tell you how sad I am right now that I used all my fresh basil last night in our supper? This sounds so amazingly delicious I want one right now!
Made this tonight (using stevia) and it is sooooo good, so refreshing. Shared on FB 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!!
Love this!! Can I ask where you got those cute glasses from?
Thanks Holly! I believe I got those at Cost Plus World Market…but it also could be Anthropologie. But I am leaning toward Cost Plus. 🙂