Cucumber Basil & Citrus Mocktail

By Laura Dominguez
cucumber basil & citrus mocktail -- so yummy and refreshing, plus totally guilt-free.

With the clean slate of the new year and resolutions in full swing, we’re kicking off a month of mocktails, à la Dry January, comin’ at ya every Friday. It starts with this citrusy concoction which I dreamt up while getting my daily fix of sparkling water (something about those bubbles!) and thinking about how much better it would taste with more flavors in the mix. Whether you’re kicking alcohol for the month, or like me, just want a new twist for your daily topo chico, this citrus mocktail is equal parts delicious and refreshing. Plus, unlike its boozy cousin, can be enjoyed in copious amounts, any time of day.

*photos by Kate LeSueur

At first glance, this drink has a lot going on, but the flavors meld so smoothly to create a refreshing concoction.

What size glass you use will really depend on how bubbly you prefer your drink. Serve it in a highball if you like things fizzy, or a short glass for a stronger fruity taste.


Hope you get a chance to try out this mocktail, and if you decide to add a splash of booze, we won’t tell (and highly recommend an ounce or two of gin.)

Cucumber Basil & Citrus Mocktail

Serves 1

Cucumber Basil & Citrus Mocktail

By Camille Styles


For the basil lime simple syrup:

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil sprigs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 strips of lime zest

*note: syrup will keep for 1 week, covered and in the refrigerator.

For the mocktail:

  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz blood orange juice
  • 2 oz sparkling water
  • 1/2 oz basil simple syrup
  • 1/3 cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • lime slices, for garnish
  • basil leaves, for garnish


  1. To make the simple syrup, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand at room temperature, covered, for 1 hour. Strain the syrup and discard the solids.
  2. Mix juices and syrup in a cocktail shaker with a couple of ice cubes until chilled. Fill a glass 3/4 of the way with crushed ice and the remaining 1/4 with the cucumber matchsticks.
  3. Pour the citrus mixture into the glass and top with sparkling water and a squeeze of lime.

Comments (6)

  1. Vanessa @ Living in Steil says:

    This drink looks so good–and like a great alternative when I need a break from the million glasses of water I drink throughout the day.

  2. Angela says:

    Where’s the link to the recipe? Great idea for a series, and just the motivation I needed today!

  3. Rachael says:

    Oh yummy, this sounds perfect and so refreshing 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  4. Rebekah says:

    I want this right now. Yum!

  5. Linda says:

    Hmmm…I make something good but not as fancy, although you could dress it up. As a diabetic, I try to avoid a lot of sugar in my drinks, so here goes: Put some ice in a regular iced tea sized glass, add in half a glass of Oceanspray Diet Cranberry Juice, a splash of Trop50 Orange Juice, juice of half a lime, and fill the rest of the glass with Diet Tonic Water. Tart and sweet but very little sugar or calories! Alternating the amounts of these things just gives you slightly different flavors, but doesn’t ruin the drink.

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