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Lime-Basil Sangria

Lime-basil sangria recipe | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

Spring has officially sprung, and for me this marks the beginning of “Day Drinking Season”. Slamming down a martini mid-day might lead your nearest and dearest to stage an intervention but Sangria… yes, Sangria is perfectly respectable. Sun dress and drinking with your pinky up respectable. And lime-basil sangria is perfectly legit.

Almost a smoothie

Just so you know, sangria is practically a health drink. It’s full of fruit. That’s healthy, right? Wine has antioxidants, which helps your heart. Oxidents damage your cells! That’s right, they mess you up on a cellular level. How scary is that? Protect your cells by drinking sangria*. Bottoms up!

*No scientists were harmed in the making of this statement because none were used. It’s basis is pure conjecture based on the love of sangria and a quick wikipedia search.

Lime-Basil Sangria | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

This sangria recipe features basil, because well… I’m growing basil. It adds just that little special something. If you make this for a party, all your friends will be impressed because who puts basil in sangria? They might even erect a shrine in your honor. It’s that good. On to the  lime-basil sangria recipe!

Lime-basil sangria ingredients | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

The goods

  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • a handful of basil leaves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 package of blackberries
  • 1 pear sliced
  • 1 handful strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup rum
  • ½ of a container of limeade from concentrate (can use lemonade)
  • 1 cup of lemon/lime soda
  • 1 bottle of white wine

How we do it

  1. Make a basil simple syrup – In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar over high heat. Let this boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved, and the mixture starts to get thick. Take it off the heat and add the basil leaves. Let this sit for about 20 minutes to cool.
  2. While it cools, cut up your fruit. In a large pitcher, combine your fruit, limeade, and rum. Add the syrup when it’s cool. Stir and let this sit in your fridge overnight so let the fruit get sweet and chock full of liquor. If you can’t wait, then let it sit for only an hour.. Speed racer!
  3. Now, combine your fruity goodness with your wine and soda. Serve and enjoy!

What’s your favorite warm weather drink?  Are you going to give our lime-basil sangria a try? Let us know in the comments.


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Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.

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  1. Laura

    This sounds SOOOOO good! I’m headed to a Memorial Day party and we needed a cocktail recipe – done!

    • Trinidad Pena

      Let us know how you like it!

  2. Christie

    This sounds pretty tasty and fruity, which is my main requirement for mixed drinks! My favorite summer drink is iced tea, though!
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  3. Jen

    YUM! I have an overwhelming amount of fresh basil and I’m pretty sure I’ll be splashing basil simple syrup on everything now. Starting with this deliciousness. Thanks.
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    • Trinidad Pena

      Basil rocks. I’m growing it too.

    • Trinidad Pena

      Let us know how you like it.

    • Trinidad Pena

      You mean you weren’t before?

  4. Wendy

    Looks so so so good! Must try it this summer!

    • Trinidad Pena

      Thank you! Let us know how you like it.

    • Trinidad Pena

      No sugar and alcohol! You are a more disciplined woman than I.

  5. Sasha

    two words – yes please!

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  7. april

    this sounds so yummy, trinidad! i love love love citrus anything, and basil is one of my favorite spices. the temperature is getting hotter and hotter where i currently find myself – a perfect time to try out this drink. thank you!
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  8. Jenny

    So yummy!!! Totally pinning this 🙂

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