How to Make the Cantaloupe Basil Cooler, or celebrating National Tequila Day with style

How to Make the Cantaloupe Basil Cooler tequilaHappy National Tequila Day!  Today I wanted to bring you something a little bit different to celebrate.  You won’t find this drink anywhere else – it is a Broke and Thirsty original.  I was sipping on some tequila and eating some cantaloupe with dinner and it seemed like the two pair surprisingly well together.  So a little bit of experimentation later and this delicate summer cocktail is the result.  Without further ado, the Cantaloupe Basil Cooler.

The Cantaloupe Basil Cooler
  • 2 ounces Reposado Tequila
  • 3 ounces cantaloupe juice
  • 3 thai basil leaves
  • fill with club soda
  • garnish with a sprig of thai basil

To begin, you are going to have to make some cantaloupe juice.  Although you can find cantaloupe juice pre-bottled, in the summer when the melon is fresh, it is far better to juice it yourself.  It is as simple as taking a citrus juicer, adding a couple of chunks of cantaloupe, and squeezing.  It’ll take between an eighth and a quarter of the cantaloupe to get 3 ounces of juice. Pour the cantaloupe juice and tequila into an empty shaker.  Add the thai basil leaves and muddle.  Once you are satisfied with your muddling, add ice and shake.  Pour into an old fashioned glass on the rocks, top off with club soda, and garnish with a sprig of thai basil.


Total cost per drink? ~$1.46


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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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