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This refreshing, fruity, Guava, Nectarine & Basil Tequila Refresher will transport your taste buds to happy hour any day if the week.

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If you ask anyone I know, it’s no secret I love me some tequila. So when I made a batch of nectarine and basil simple syrup for my Nectarine & Basil Bourbon Spritz, I decided to do a little take with some silver tequila as well. The fruity and floral simple syrup combined with smooth silver tequila, lemon and sweet guava nectar has summer BBQ written all over it, but TBH, it’s great any time of year (I made it in the fall).

If you’ve already got some of my nectarine and basil simple syrup lying around, this drink comes together in mere minutes. You could even do this as a big batch cocktail in a pitcher for brunch and just have your guests top it with club soda or seltzer!

This Guava, Nectarine & Basil Tequila Refresher is always a crowd pleaser, or just a great sipper for relaxing at home!

Guava Nectarine Basil Tequila

Guava, Nectarine & Basil Tequila Refresher

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: cocktail
Keyword: basil, cocktail, guava, lemon, nectarine, tequila
Servings: 2


  • 3 oz silver tequila
  • 3 oz Nectarine & Basil Simple Syrup
  • 6 oz guava nectar
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • 5-10 lightly bruised/muddled basil leaves
  • seltzer or club soda, for finishing

Nectarine Basil Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • 1 cup basil, stems and all, plus more for garnish
  • 2 nectarines, sliced (pit removed), plus more slices for garnish, if desired*
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • Make simple syrup: Add sugar, water, 1 cup basil and nectarines to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
    2. Reduce heat to low and simmer, 30 minutes, until slightly thickened.
    3. Allow to cool (about 30 minutes), and strain into a an airtight jar or container. Discard fruit and basil.
    4. Assemble cocktail: Add basil leaves to a large cocktail shaker and muddle or lightly press into the sides of the shaker to release aroma. Fill shaker with ice, about halfway. Add 3 oz (2 shots) silver tequila, 3 oz (2 shots) simple syrup, 6 oz guava nectar and the juice of 1 lemon. Cover and shake, then strain into 2 cocktail glasses filled with ice. Top with seltzer or club soda and garnish with lemon slices and basil leaves.

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