Skinny Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail

I made my Sweet’N Low Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. #SweetNLowStars

Summer is still in full swing here in Florida and it will be hot for a few months to come so we have plenty of pool time left.  I’ve created another delicious skinny cocktail in honor of August – a Skinny Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade.  

Skinny Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail #Recipe #SweetNLowStars

It’s perfect for poolside entertaining and it’s so refreshing and delicious that nobody will even realize it’s missing the sugar.  And I won’t tell if you won’t.

You may recall the Skinny Birthday Mai Tai I made last month?  I used Sweet’N Low to create a skinny simple syrup.  So easy and I will be using that recipe in a few more fun themed cocktails over the next few months.

I must say I LOVE the infusion of basil in this one.  We grow basil in our patio garden and it’s always on hand around here.  

Skinny Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail #Recipe #SweetNLowStars

The fresh muddled strawberries give this a very slight pink hue but it’s mostly clear.  This recipe calls for hulled strawberries and you know how simple that is?

Skinny Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail #Recipe #SweetNLowStars

Just take a small paring knife under the green stem, point downward and cut at an angle while turning the strawberry so you basically cut a triangular divot out of the berry.  Easy!

I tried Dragon Berry rum for the first time and it worked perfectly but you could use any berry flavored rum, to be honest.  This was such a delicious cocktail and once again I am thrilled about having a low-cal version of what is now a new favorite.

Skinny Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail #Recipe #SweetNLowStars

Remember, my “Skinny Simple Syrup” is just one cup of water and two packets of Sweet’N Low and you can keep that chilled and ready to go as needed.

Skinny Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail #Recipe #SweetNLowStars

Skinny Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail

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Skinny Dragon Berry Strawberry Basil Lemonade
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  1. 1/4 cup fresh Lemon Juice (about 1 lemon)
  2. 1/4 cup Skinny Simple Syrup (1 cup water, 2 packets Sweet'N Low)
  3. 3 Fresh Basil Leaves
  4. 2 Strawberries Hulled and Sliced
  5. 1/2 cup Dragon Berry Rum (or berry infused rum of choice)
  6. Added basil leaf, strawberry and lemon wedge for garnish if desired.
  1. In a shaker, muddle 3 basil leaves, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and the 2 hulled strawberries.
  2. Add the Dragon Berry rum and fill the shaker with ice.
  3. Shake well then strain into a glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with a strawberry, lemon wedge and a basil leaf if desired.
A Little Claireification





  1. Looks totally refreshing!

  2. Wow, look at all of that basil! This strawberry basil lemonade looks incredible. Is it 5 o’clock yet?

  3. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere right? I can just throw some rum in this and be good to go :) Delish!

  4. This looks refreshing!! And I love that it is missing the boatload of sugar!!

  5. I am so jealous of all your basil! Wow!! I would love to give this drink a try after the baby! :)

  6. This looks delicious – and would be good as a mixer! ;D

  7. Sounds refreshing! I love strawberry and love basil, but have never tried them as a combo!

  8. Wow, that basil plant is out of control!! I had no idea that they would grow that big, and I never thought to put it in a cocktail! You’re a genius Claire, and your drink looks amazing. :)

  9. This looks so unbelievably good!

  10. Need. Now.

  11. Dragon Berry Rum is my favorite!! Love this combo!!

  12. That basil plant is awesome!! So huge! This drink also sounds AMAZING. I want to make this!

  13. Love basil. Sounds like a delish drink :)

  14. You had me at Skinny Simple Syrup! Sounds fantastic!

  15. This sounds like the perfect summer drink! I have never heard of dragon berry rum but I am totally going to buy it if I ever see it in a store!

    • Thanks so much for stopping in, Sharon! It’s made by Bacardi so should be pretty easy to find but you could use any fruit infused rum of course. :)

  16. Looks delicious!! I’m so jealous of your basil!! It’s so hot and dry here I kill everything… and I couldn’t get the darn things to stop flowering! Lol.

  17. I never thought of using Sweet and Low to make a simple syrup! What a great idea for so many cocktails! I do like a sweet drink, so this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  18. I’m not a rum fan, but I can see how this would be just as awesome with vodka or tequila. thanks for the inspiration! Just found your blog and happy I did :)

  19. This sounds delicious! I love Dragon Berry rum mixed with cranberry juice!

  20. I’ll take 2! Beautiful and Classy Cocktail for sure!

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