Cantaloupe-Basil-Grapefruit Cooler

cantaloupe-basil-grapefruit cooler cocktail
Photo: Linda Xiao
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 to 8 Serves

We're here to tell you that cantaloupe has a lot going for it. Fragrant, sweet, and a touch creamy, it is a perfect pairing for the basil-infused syrup and tart grapefruit juice that it is blended with for this refreshing, agua-fresca-style cooler.


  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup lightly packed basil sprigs, plus more for serving

  • 6 cups peeled, chopped cantaloupe melon

  • cup fresh grapefruit juice

  • Vodka (optional)


  1. In a small heatproof bowl, pour 1/2 cup boiling water over sugar and basil; stir until sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Strain syrup into a blender; discard basil.

  2. Add cantaloupe, grapefruit juice, and 1 3/4 cups cold water; blend until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve.

  3. Serve over ice, garnished with a basil sprig, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days. If using vodka, stir a shot (1-ounce) into each glass before serving.

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