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Strawberry Basil Cooler

   a drink in my hand and my toes in the sand

...Every day is one step closer to summer

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for sunshine and tan lines and I've got the cocktail to prove it. This spiked cooler is the perfect blend of fresh fruit, tangy lime, fresh basil and your favorite liquor.

T his drink is perfect for some front-porch sitting, some pool-side sun, or let's be real I'll drink it on my couch with Netflix and no pants.

Plus its super adorable and colorful. If you wanted to take it to the next level, you could quadruple it, use frozen strawberries, and give the whole thing a stir in a punchbowl with some floating lime slices.

You know...only if you're in charge of the fun part of the party. If you master that punch cooler, let me see on social so I can applaud you and give you a shout-out.


Strawberry Basil Cooler

Fresh, tangy, and summery, it's the perfect front porch or poolside cocktail.



  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Fresh Basil
  • Agave Nectar or Sugar
  • La Croix - Passionfruit Essenced
  • Vodka, Tequila, or Rum
  • Ice


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  • ¾ Cup Fresh Strawberries sliced
  • 4-8 Leaves Fresh Basil
  • ¼ Cup Agave Nectar or sugar
  • 1 Lime juiced, + slices for garnish
  • ¼-1 Cup Club Soda - La Croix Passion Fruit
  • 2-4 oz Vodka, Tequila or Rum pick your poison
  • Ice as desired


  1. Smash the berries and sugar together with a muddler or wooden spoon until well muddled. Let them sit together and macerate about 4-5 minutes, then divde into two glasses.

  2. Add the basil leaves - 2-4 per glass - and squeeze half a lime into each glass. Muddle a little more to release the flavor from the basil leaves.

  3. Add the ice cubes, then pour the liquor over them, 1-2oz per glass, depending on how strong you want your drink to be.

  4. Fill the rest of the glass with club soda (or La Croix), and stir gently to combine.

  5. Garnish with a lime wedge and adorable straw (optional)

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I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials I want to channel all the good vibes & 'grammable moments of brunch & curate a space that helps you grow your crafty side so you can make like a pro.

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