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Close-up of a strawberry mocktail in a coupe glass.

The 5-30 {strawberry, basil, elderflower non-alcoholic cocktail}

  • Author: Nguyet Vo
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 1/2 cups syrup 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American


Elderflower tonic water and homemade strawberry-basil simple syrup come together in this elegant alcohol free cocktail.


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For the strawberry-basil syrup

  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water

For serving

  • Elderflower tonic water, chilled (I use Fever-Tree)


For the strawberry-basil syrup

  1. Blend. Add strawberries, sugar, basil leaves, lemon juice, lime juice, and water to a blender and blend together on medium-high speed for about 30-60 seconds until the sugar is dissolved and the strawberries and basil leaves are chopped.
  2. Strain. Strain the strawberry mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a large saucepan. Use a spatula to press down on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids.
  3. Cook. Bring the strawberry mixture to a boil over medium heat then reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer. Simmer the mixture until it is the consistency of a thin syrup (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. Be sure to keep an eye on the mixture as it can easily boil over.
  4. Cool. Chill the syrup in the refrigerator until very cold before using.

For serving

  1. Mix. In a coupe glass, pour in about 3/4 ounce of strawberry-basil syrup. Add about 4 ounces of elderflower tonic water or to taste. Gently stir, then serve.


  • The strawberry-basil syrup can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can also freeze the syrup for several weeks. Allow the syrup to thaw completely in the refrigerator before using.

Keywords: zero proof cocktail, strawberry drink, non-alcoholic cocktail, elderflower tonic water

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