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overhead view of blackberry lemonade in a glass garnished with a fresh basil sprig

Blackberry Basil Tequila Lemonade

  • Author: Allison Ferraro
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes (plus time for simple syrup to cool before mixing lemonade)
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • handful basil leaves (plus more for garnish)
  • 6 lemons, juiced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 6 oz. fresh blackberries
  • ice cubes


  1. Make a simple syrup by heating the sugar and 1 ½ cups water in a medium saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and add the basil leaves. Use the back of a wooden spoon to gently muddle the basil leaves in the syrup. Leave the basil in the syrup while it cools to room temperature. Then remove the basil leaves from the syrup.
  2. Add the syrup, lemon juice, 2 cups of water, and tequila to pitcher and stir to combine.
  3. Divide blackberries among 6 glasses (save 6 berries for garnish) and muddle the blackberries in each glass. Pour lemonade over the muddled blackberries and add a few ice cubes to each glass. Garnish with blackberries and additional basil leaves and serve immediately.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade lemonade, tequila, blackberry, basil, fresh