Cucumber-Lime Daiquiri Recipe with Basil Agave Syrup

I’m not exactly a cocktail girl, but if there’s ice and citrus involved, I won’t think twice before accepting a drink! I organize parties on my terrace every week and, as temperatures rise like crazy in August, I have to be prepared with something special to cool everyone off and keep their spirits high. This time I chose to reinvent a classic, adding fresh cucumber and basil to make a special (and especially refreshing) daiquiri.

Cucumber-Lime Daiquiri with Basil Agave Syrup Traditional daiquiri recipes contain only sugar, ice, lime and rum. I like to play with new flavor combinations, and after a few experiments, I found this very interesting one. Basil and cucumber are everywhere in the summertime, and white rum has a mild flavor that doesn’t compete with the produce and helps keep the calories in check. A homemade basil syrup with agave nectar adds even more flavor with minimal calories and sugar.

Basil-Cucumber-Daiquiri-Cocktail-1 The recipe for the basil-infused agave syrup is very basic. You can keep this syrup in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 to 3 weeks and use it in lemonades or other cocktail recipes. Its fragrant flavor adds an interesting twist to any summer drink.

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Cucumber and Basil-Infused Lime Daiquiri
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 4
 
A delicious summer cocktail using cucumber juice and sugar-free basil syrup.
Ingredients
For basil syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
For cocktails:
  • 3 medium cucumbers, with skin
  • Freshly squeezed juice from 3 limes
  • 4 tsp sugar-free basil syrup (see above)
  • 6 ounces white rum
  • Ice cubes, lime slices and fresh basil leaves, to serve
Instructions
For basil syrup:
  1. Mix all ingredients and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Cool, strain and store in the fridge for up to three weeks.
For cocktails:
  1. Wash the cucumbers thoroughly, cut into slices and add them in the blender along with the lime juice.
  2. Process to obtain a gorgeous green liquid. Strain.
  3. Add the liquid in a cocktail shaker, together with the white rum and some ice cubes.
  4. Shake well to combine
  5. Fill the serving glasses with fresh ice cubes, then strain the daiquiri mixture into glasses.
  6. Add one teaspoon of basil syrup to each serving glass.
  7. Garnish with lime slices and fresh basil leaves, and serve immediately.

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