Mocktail: Cucumber Basil Cooler

This refreshing mocktail is perfect for hot summer days and nights. This is perfect for entertaining family events or any gathering. Mocktails are always great options for non-drinkers (of alcoholic drinks). This recipe is for a tall glass. Just multiply the ingredients if you need to make big batches.

Ingredients

3 tbsp. fresh cucumber
1 tbsp. simple syrup
juice of half a lime
3 pcs. basil leaves
250 ml lemon lime soda
Ice

Procedure

1. Mince fresh cucumber with skin on. Pour in a tall glass with basil leaves. Muddle the two together using a spoon or the handle of a wooden spoon. Then add lime juice and syrup.
2. Pour in ice and lemon lime soda. Mix with a bar spoon and garnish with lime wedge and basil leaves before serving. Enjoy!

Serves 1

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Cocktail: Three-Citrus Splash

This cocktail makes for a refreshing drink. This makes use of three citruses—lemon, lime, and dalandan. Dalandan or the Philippine orange is a citrus that is widely available in the country. This recipe also requires a tall glass. One is enough to last you a night or a whole afternoon. After all, every hour is happy hour, right?

Ingredients

1 part gin (I used Ginebra)
1 part Manille Liqueur de Dalandan (if not available, use orange liqueur)
3 parts Waitrose Cloudy Lemonade soda
1 part lemon-lime soda (Sprite)
Juice of ½ a lime

Procedure

1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
2. Use a shot glass to measure the liquids. Pour in gin, dalandan liqueur, lemonade soda, and lemon-lime soda.
3. Cut a lime in half, squeeze juice into the glass. Using a bar spoon (or an ordinary spoon) stir mixture well.
4. Using the other half, slice lime for garnish. You can put the slices into the cocktail or let a slice straddle on the lip of the glass. Enjoy!

Serves 1