Well the weather is warm now, so I’m in summer produce mode. That means fresh berries and vibrant tropical fruits. Of course I had to take two of my favorites, strawberries and pineapple, to make my new go-to summer drink: a Strawberry Basil Pineapple Mocktail. Give it a try and you’ll see why I’m going to be sipping on this chilled drink all summer long.
How to Make Strawberry Basil Pineapple Mocktails
The key to the balance of flavor in each sip of this fruity drink is the right amount of fresh fruit and bubbly, spicy ginger beer.
Here is the short and easy list of ingredients to make these fizzy drinks:
Fresh strawberries. Choose organic berries for the best flavor and highest nutrition.
Pineapple juice. This tropical fruit is naturally sweet and tart, a combination that I simply love, especially with sweet strawberries. If you don’t have pineapple juice, you can also make this drink with orange or lemon juice for a slightly different effect.
Ginger beer. This non-alcoholic drink is dry and not too sweet. It adds refreshing bubbles and a bit of spice to balance out the sweetness in the drink.
Honey or agave. Feel free to use your favorite sweetener in this drink. I like to use liquid sweeteners because they dissolve easily in the chilled beverage.
Basil. A bit of fresh herby flavor really screams summer to me. And basil and strawberry is a classic combination everyone loves.
I think this strawberry basil pineapple mocktail is best served cold over crushed ice. For garnish, add a sprig of fresh basil and a plump strawberry.
Turning it into an Adult Beverage
If you’d like to make this fruity mocktail a boozy cocktail, go for it. You can add a shot of clear liquor, like tequila or vodka in each glass of ice. Then pour in the juice and ginger beer and serve!
What to Pair with Strawberry Pineapple Mocktails
Sure, this makes an excellent afternoon pcik-me-up. But this fruity mocktail is also easy and fun to pair with summery foods. I like to make a big pitcher of the drink and serve it to friends and family at an outdoor BBQ. If that’s the case, then I’m always serving up:
In a bowl, add the fresh sliced strawberries, basil leaves, and pineapple juice, mulling (crushing) everything together until strawberries are fully broken down and basil leaves are a bit crushed. Add in the Agave and stir until well combined combined. NOTE: Add additional sweetener depending on sweetness desired.
To Make Mocktails: Add crushed ice to glass(es), Add 3-4 Tbsps of mulled strawberries to bottom of glass, followed by 1/3 cup of mulled strawberry-pineapple mixture and top with ginger beer until glasses are 3/4 filled. For additional garnish, add sliced strawberries, and basil leaves. Repeat for every serving.
Sip and Enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
SWEETENER: Instead of Agave syrup, you can substitute with pure maple syrup or organic cane sugar as a syrup (sugar + water boiled over the stove top).PINEAPPLE JUICE: Instead of using organic pineapple juice, you can always substitute with lemon or orange juice for a slight change or blend sliced pineapples with 1/2 cup of water until fully smooth.BASIL: Instead of basil leaves, you can substitute with mint leaves or rosemary leaves.