Strawberry, basil and vanilla mocktail

Since we are all stuck at home for the next foreseeable future, why not make it a little fun? These past few weeks we’ve been making these strawberry, basil and vanilla mocktails to drink around the campfire, in our backyard-camping spot. The kids are loving the experience, and I’m loving the added bit of fun and fanciness with these drinks.

I have used the Nexba tonic water as mixers for the strawberry, basil and vanilla mocktails-  the only naturally sugar-free tonic water available in Australia (and also no added nasties). I went for the classic version, but if the lime, cucumber and mint flavour will work beautifully, too.

Fun fact- Nexba also uses natural quinine (giving the tonic water its distinctive taste), derived from bark of the cinchona tree. Quinine is used as a malaria treatment (both traditionally as a herbal medicine, and in modern medicine), and its bitter taste is usually disguised in tonic water by the use of lots of sugar- on average, 6tsp in a serve!

To make the strawberry basil and vanilla mocktail, you’ll need.

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh basil
  • Pure vanilla extract or a vanilla bean
  • Nexba classic tonic water
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Ice

Upgrade to a cocktail

If you’re after a hearer drink, you can easily upgrade by adding a shot of vodka, gin or white rum. If adding extra health benefits is more your thing, a shot of drinkable probiotics work beautifully. You can check out which ones I use here.

Strawberry, basil and vanilla mocktail

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Strawberry, basil and vanilla mocktail

Strawberry, basil and vanilla mocktail

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  • Author: panaceaspantry
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


This strawberry, basil and vanilla mocktail is a refreshing and naturally sugar free drink and is made from mostly-whole foods.


2 cups strawberries, hilled
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon juice
Handful of fresh basil
4 x nexba classic tonic water


1. Quarter the strawberries and place in a bowl with vanilla, lemon and maple syrup. Allow to macerate for 4+ hours or if you’re in a hurry use a stick blended to roughly blend (leaving some small chunks).
2. Divide the strawberry mixture between 4 glasses. Add a 5-6 basil leaves to each glass, and muddle to incorporate well.
3. Top each glass half way with ice, then top with a the Nexba tonic water. Serve immediately with a reusable straw.


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