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Cocktail of the Week: Nilla Basil Daiquiri

Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind – but every now and then, you deserve a happy hour that’s a little more...hmmm. What’s the word? Refined! Kelly Sparks of Queen Bee Mixology is graciously sharing a new cocktail with us every week, just in time for Happy Hour. Queen Bee is raising the bar for cocktails made at home with recipes that are both easy – and delicious! Want more? Connect with Queen Bee Mixology on social media for extra recipes and behind-the-scenes content. Please drink responsibly.

If you are looking for a yummy cocktail with fewer calories, look no further! The Nilla Basil Daiquiri is only 130 calories. The rum and vanilla pair nicely together already, and adding the basil and lime gives this drink a subtle tang that will surely hit the spot.


  • Sugar-free vanilla syrup
  • Lime
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Rum


  1. Muddle three basil leaves with 1.5 bar spoons of sugar-free vanilla syrup and 1/4 oz lime juice
  2. Add 2 oz. of rum and ice
  3. Shake to blend and chill
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  5. Garnish with a basil leaf