What could be more refreshing than a limeade cocktail in summer? How about one that blends the sweet-tart flavor of limeade with tropical coconut? This unbeatable combination we’re featuring today is an easy-to-make and craving-worthy limeade cocktail with Ciroc coconut vodka.
It’s a cocktail recipe with just four ingredients but so many delicious, summertime flavors. In addition to the tartness of fresh lime and the sweetness of coconut, there’s a hint of muddled basil to give the drink the essence of a summertime garden. Summer cocktail-sipping doesn’t get better than this!
Limeade cocktail ingredients
Since this drink with limeade is so simple – just four ingredients – the important thing is to use quality ingredients. Fresh, garden basil is best if you can grow it. (Basil also grows beautifully on a windowsill.) If the basil is store-bought, opt for organic. The same goes for the lime.
The only other two ingredients in this cocktail with limeade are simple syrup and the vodka.
How to make simple syrup
Simple syrup is really as simple as the name implies. It’s just equal parts sugar and water. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. If you just want to make a few cocktails, 1/2 cup of each is plenty. But simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month, so you may want to make more.
Stir the sugar in the saucepan of water until it is completely dissolved. After the syrup has cooled, transfer to a jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator. The syrup must be completely cooled before you use it in cocktails.
What vodka should you use for this vodka limeade drink?
We use Ciroc coconut vodka to make this basil and lime cocktail. This vodka is five times distilled before infused with natural coconut. (It is also a gluten-free vodka.)
The vodka is nice on the rocks, too, but we really like it in this cocktail with limeade. In fact, this is our favorite coconut Ciroc recipe. That being said, if you prefer another coconut vodka, by all means, use your favorite.
A vodka basil smash cocktail with a coconut twist
Technically, you could call this drink recipe a basil smash, since it featured muddled basil, simple syrup, lime and vodka – the traditional ingredients of a summery smash.
Of course, it’s a basil smash with a twist since we’ve swapped out ordinary vodka for to make this a Ciroc coconut cocktail. The switch is one you’re going to love.
Why this Ciroc coconut recipe is great for a sultry summer date night
We always try to offer drink recipes that offer the potential for a night of seduction. Obviously, all alcohol is considered aphrodisiac for its power to lower inhibitions, but we like to give you a little extra power of seduction. And this limeade vodka cocktail unquestionably delivers. In fact, three of the four ingredients are considered aphrodisiacs, if you count the vodka.
Did you know that basil is historically considered an aphrodisiac food? Not only that but fresh lime juice is on the list of the best foods for women’s sexual health. If you like the flavors of fresh herbs and citrus juice, we think this could be your new summer seduction drink.
More summer cocktail recipes
Coconut Limeade with Ciroc Coconut Vodka
- 1.5 oz Cîroc Coconut or your favorite coconut vodka
- 1/2 of one lime
- 3/4 oz simple syrup
- 6 basil leaves one reserved
- Cut lime and place half in the mixing tin of your cocktail shaker. Add a handful of basil, then muddle. Add the remaining ingredients and shake over ice.
- Double Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of basil.
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