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Strawberry and Basil Tropical Cooler

The combination of strawberries and basil with a squeeze of lime makes this cooler a mandatory summer sipper. But get creative with seasonal fruits and herbs and this can be adapted so you can enjoy it all year long. The combination of coconut water and sparking water is what makes this cooler even more special. Add a splash of your favorite liquor and this drink will light up a party.

Course Drinks
Servings 4
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet in Santa Fe


  • 2 cups coconut water unsweetened
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • Stevia drops for additional sweetening about 5 drops per glass, optional
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds 1/4 teaspoon per glass
  • 1 lime, juiced or 4 wedges
  • 4 strawberries for garnish, optional but recommended
  • 4 fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional but recommended
  • Sparkling water, Topo Chico or Perrier


  1. To a high-speed blender, add the coconut water, berries, basil leaves and sweetener such as honey or maple syrup. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and colorful, about 1 minute.

  2. You can either pour this into a covered glass jar and let it chill in the fridge or serve immediately. If refrigerating, add the teaspoon of chia seeds to the mixture, Stevia drops (about 20 for four servings) and lime juice and cover, shake well and let it meld in the fridge so the chia seeds absorb the liquid and expand. 

  3. If serving immediately, fill the glass of ice halfway with the mixture and add the following to each: 5 drops Stevia (if using), 1/4 teaspoon chia seeds and a squeeze of lime and stir well to combine.  Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water, stir, garnish with a strawberry (if using) and a basil leaf and serve.

  4. For the jar of mixture in the fridge, when it has chilled thoroughly, fill a glass or glasses with ice and pour this mixture halfway. Fill the glass to the rim with sparkling water, stir, garnish with a strawberry (if using( and a basil leaf and serve.

  5. Reserve any leftover cooler in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

There are a ton of different and seasonal flavor combinations you can create including, but not limited to: peach-mint, blackberry-mint, watermelon-basil, honeydew-mint, pineapple-cilantro (and a touch of jalapeno), cucumber-lemon-mint-rosemary, strawberry-thyme, blackberry-sage, melon-lavender, lavender-plum and so much more.