Lemon Basil Mojito Recipe – A Classic and elegant non alcoholic virgin mojito to beat the heat during Summer. A perfect thirst quencher that both the adults and kids can enjoy during hot sunny day.
This virgin mojito is so simple to make and it feeds a crowd easily. 2 months ago during peak summer I wanted to make a mojito and even attempted it but ended up only to break my favorite glass in the name of muddling.
That recipe never got published as I was so depressed over the glass.
By now you all must that I’m going to the first Indian Food Blogger’s Meet that is being held in Bangalore. One of the sponsors Urban Dazzle are hosting a contest for cocktails and mocktails and I so excited to be sending my first entry. I feel that this drink would look great in this footed schooner. Don’t you?
I’m done using mint leaves for drinks and when I was wondering what to pair with lemon to make this drink, I saw the pungent Tulsi leaves that I had bought for Friday Pooja and it was just perfect for my purpose.
Tulsi (Indian holy basil) has a lot of medicinal properties and apart from the pungent smell it has also got a very sharp taste that balanced the tartness in the lemon in this drink very well.
Instead of Indian basil, you can also use Thai or Italian Sweet basil and I’m sure this drink will taste just perfect. You can also soak in some basil seeds as well for a nutty crunch.
Finally don’t mind me, if you love mint flavor as much as I do, go ahead with it and don’t let the unavailability of basil leaves stop you from making this drink.
Don’t forget to check out this Basil Seeds Lemonade, Mango Jaljeera, Orange Papaya Passion, Lychee Sparkler and Watermelon Agua Fresca that are perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day to quench your thirst.
Lemon Basil Mojito Recipe details below:
- Lemon juice – from half lemon
- Tulsi Leaves (Indian Holy Basil) – 3 leaves
- Sugar – 2 tbsp
- Salt – 2 pinch
- Club soda – 1/2 bottle
- Ice cubes – to serve
- Lemon wedges – to garnish
- Wet the rim of the glass that you are going to serve the drink.
- Spread the sugar and salt in a plate and dip the glass rim in it so that the rim gets coated with sugar granules.
- Place the lemon juice, tulsi leaves, the remaining sugar and salt mix in the plate in the serving glass and muddle gently to release the flavors from the lemon and tulsi leaves. I used my pestle for this purpose.
- Fill half the glass with ice cubes. Top with club soda.
- Garnish with lemon slices or wedges and serve immediately.