The weather outside is running a fever and everyone seems to be catching it. Instead of capturing the essence of summer’s longer, light-filled days, many people find themselves escaping the crippling summer heat, which is casting them into a lazy, languid spell. And with the temperature already hitting one-hundred degrees in mid June, cooling down seems more like a mirage rather than even a glimmer of hope.
Luckily for you, I have concocted a knock-off version of Meddlesome Moth’s Basil Lime Cooler. I call it the Summertime Elixir because it is a cure for those enervating dog-days of summer, where you may find yourself stranded amongst the doldrums of the summertime heat. The drink is composed of ingredients that depict the epitome of summer— minus the heat. It is a non-alcoholic orchestration with heavy notes of basil, lime, ginger ale, and sweet and sour mix. Here is how I make it (note the different-colored font–it indicates that there is an embedded link):
- A handful of basil (I used the fresh basil from my garden)
- 1 ½ TBSP of sugar (you can add more, if you like)
- 2 lime wedges (or more, if you like)
- 1 ½ TBSP of sweet and sour margarita mix (more or less, to your liking)
- 1 ½ cups of ginger ale
- 1/3 cup of water
- Drink shaker
- Small pot
- Muddler (I used a mortar pestle instead)
- Ice cubes
Directions for Basil-Sugar Mix:
- Heat water in small pot
- Add sugar, allow it to dissolve.
- Add 4 basil leaves
- Boil for a few minutes to reduce
- Set aside to cool
Directions for Muddling Basil and Limes:
- Cut lime wedges and place into Shaker
- Add 1TBSP of margarita mix
- Add a splash of ginger ale
- Add basil (to your liking)
Directions for Shaking:
- Add 1/2 TBSP of Basil-Sugar Mix
- Add remaining ginger ale
- Add remaining margarita mix
- Add two cubes of Ice
- Shake over sink (the carbonation will cause the mixture to fizz out)
- Pour Mixture over ice and serve with a straw.
*You can add more of the remaining ingredients to your liking.
If you don’t want to partake in the mixings and fixings of the drink, you can simply add basil and lime to your iced water for a refreshing taste. Otherwise, if you just don’t feel like making anything at all, try the Basil Lime Cooler at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas—it is a fresh treat for the summertime heat.
Addendum to this post:
I think that basil is a good herb to use during summer because it is light and refreshing. Aside from that, I also like that it has potential health benefits. For instance, scientific research has indicated that it may help with certain diseases. Moreover, it is known to have calming effects (in particular, holy basil is widely known to have this effect). Although I cannot say that I know for certain that any of the aforementioned are accurate, I do know that basil at the least temporarily calms me.
I recently added crushed basil to a glass of cold milk over ice. I then stirred in some drizzled honey. It was definitely soothing and therapeutic. But for those who are skeptical about the health benefits and effects of basil, you should still just enjoy the soothing and refreshing taste of it in a variety of summertime drinks (unless you are allergic, of course).