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Sorry kids, berry-basil gin slushies are for the over-21 crowd


Summer is here, and the heat is ramping up. What better way to cool off than with a refreshing adults-only drink made with fresh berries and basil?

These ice-cold gin slushies are a wonderful treat on a hot summer’s day or eve. They’re easy to make and taste ever so good. I especially like it when a recipe is quick to whip up like this one is and looks so colorful and pretty when served. Just top off the slushies with a small sprig of basil, and pull up a straw.

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The hint of basil in the slushie is a fun surprise that pairs nicely with the three types of berries.

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The blend of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries gives this slushie a burst of flavor to the very last sip.

Boozy berry and basil slushie

Boozy berry-basil slushie recipe

This spiked slushie made especially for adults is bursting at the seams with fresh berries and a hint of basil — a perfect treat for a hot summer day.

Serves 4

Total time: 10 minutes


  • 2-1/2 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries, frozen
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, frozen
  • 12 large strawberries, stems removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
  • 7 basil leaves, for the slushie
  • 4 small sprigs basil, for garnish


  1. To a blender, add the ice, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, lemon-lime soda, gin, sugar and basil leaves. Blend until the ice is smooth.
  2. Pour into serving glasses, and garnish with basil. Serve immediately.

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