Is it incredibly hot where you live? Because it’s unbearably hot here. A heat wave is sweeping the PNW in triple digits. This Raspberry Basil Cooler is a refreshing way to beat the heat using local berries and the basil you may have growing in your herb garden. It has few ingredients and deliciously thirst quenching. It would be a welcome treat at your 4th of July gathering.
I made date paste to have on hand for recipes like this. For someone whose been eating clean for over 4 decades why have I never done this before? It’s so easy. And where have I been? It’s the first I’ve heard of it. I love learning new ways to prepare food with healthier options. Don’t want to bother with date paste? Just substitute honey.
In case you’re like me and have never made it before, here’s how it’s done. I stuffed pitted dates into a pint size canning jar, filled it with water and let it soak for 8-12 hours or overnight. Drain, reserving the liquid. Place soaked dates in a food processor and puree. Add reserved liquid one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
Store refrigerated and use as needed. It keeps well!
For these lovely refreshing raspberry coolers…begin with a 12 ounce drinking glass.
Place the raspberries, lemon juice, date paste and basil in the bottom.
Mix and mash gently to create a smooth paste.
Add ice and fill halfway with Pellegrino sparkling water. Stir, adding more Pellegrino to fill the cup. Garnish with a sprig of basil.
A healthy “mock-tail” that everyone will love!
Drink up and stay cool,
1 /12 oz. glass
1/3 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons date paste (or 1 tablespoon honey)
2 fresh basil leaves
a sprig of fresh basil for garnish
Pellegrino sparkling water
Place the raspberries, date paste, lemon juice and 2 basil leaves in the bottom of 12 ounce drinking glass. Using a spoon, or the pressing rod from the Vita-Mix, gently mix everything together creating a smooth paste.
Add ice, fill halfway with Pellegrino sparkling water and stir. Top it off with more sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.