Lime Basil Juice + Margarita

I’ve grown lime basil in my garden for the past couple years, but I never seem to use it for anything worthwhile.  I love both lime and basil, so why can’t I find a good recipe to use the lime basil in?  Then I chanced upon this recipe – so unique, so unexpected! – and made it mine.


 This drink packs a punch of refreshing flavor, making the taste almost as loud as the color.  My only regret now is that I don’t have more lime basil leaves to make a bigger batch.  If you pull a lime basil plant out of the ground, wash the roots off, and stick the whole thing in a glass of water, it will last for over a week!

Put loosely packed lime basil leaves in a blender and squeeze in the juice of one lime.  I added about a teaspoon of zest for some extra limeyness.


Add a little sugar and water, and blend it up. It’s pretty frothy after blending, so I like to let it sit for a few minutes to settle and separate.


Then pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove the leaf dregs.


Ta-da!  It’s juice!  I put some of this in the fridge overnight and it discolored a little, so it is definitely prettiest when it’s fresh, but the taste is no different when the color isn’t as vibrant.


Let’s take this one step further!  Any good drink can be made better with alcohol, right?

 Add a shot of tequila, a shot of triple sec, and a splash of lemon and lime juice make a unique (and pretty dry) margarita. 

Lime Basil Juice

Lime Basil Juice

This drink packs a punch of refreshing flavor, making the taste almost as loud as the color.


  • 1/2 c. basil leaves, loosely packed
  • Juice from 1 lime (plus 1 tsp zest, if desired)
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1 c. water


  1. Put everything in the blender and blend until the juice is bright green.
  2. Let the juice settle and separate for five minutes.
  3. Pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve to strain out the basil leaves.
  4. Add ice. Drink!

recipe inspiration from drive nacho drive


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