Basil-Cucumber Gin Cooler

With the holiday weekend coming, if you're looking for a signature cocktail that looks like it jumped right off a spa cuisine menu for under 140 calories, this is it! Made with muddled cucumbers, basil, lemon juice, gin and a splash of seltzer, it's light and summery and perfect to serve at your next party.

With the holiday weekend coming, if you’re looking for a signature cocktail that looks like it jumped right off a spa cuisine menu for under 140 calories, this is it! Made with muddled cucumbers, basil, lemon juice, gin and a splash of seltzer, it’s light and summery and perfect to serve at your next party.

Basil-Cucumber Gin Cooler – if you're looking for a signature cocktail that looks like it jumped right off a spa cuisine menu for under 140 calories, this is it

This cocktail recipe is from a great new book I just got, 150-Calorie Cocktails; All Natural Drinks and Snacks. Filled with lots of great cocktails I plan on trying this summer as well as tips on how to make a low calorie cocktail. Some tips include choosing a lower-proof liquor, skipping store bought syrups and prepared mixes, choosing seltzer over tonic water (did you know tonic water was 90 calories per cup!) and something I often do, adding seltzer to wine to make a spritzer.

 

Basil-Cucumber Gin Cooler

With the holiday weekend coming, if you’re looking for a signature cocktail that looks like it jumped right off a spa cuisine menu for under 140 calories, this is it! Made with muddled cucumbers, basil, lemon juice, gin and a splash of seltzer, it’s light and summery and perfect to serve at your next party.

Ingredients:

  • 2-inch piece of cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ice cubes
  • splash of seltzer
  • 1 thin slice lemon, for garnish
  • 1 thin slice cucumber, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped cucumber, lemon zest, basil and agave.
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice and ice cubes and stir 10 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes and top with seltzer.
  4. Garnish with lemon and cucumber and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 servings, Serving Size: 1 glass

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 4
  • Points +: 4
  • Calories: 137
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 7mg
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: g
Basil-Cucumber Gin Cooler – if you're looking for a signature cocktail that looks like it jumped right off a spa cuisine menu for under 140 calories, this is it