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Terrific Twist on a Classic Cocktail: Basil Gimlet

Notes of lime and basil dance in this dreamy cocktail. An easy late summer sip to savor the seasonal flavor and cool down with this mellow herbal blend.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1
Pairs well with: Salads, Thai cuisine, or with a great appetizer plate


  • 7 fresh large basil leaves
  • 1 oz of simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • ¾ ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5 ounces of dry gin


  1. Make your simple syrup: mix ½ cup water and ½ cup granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium to high heat, stir, and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Remove pan from heat and let cool. This can easily be made up to a week ahead of time and stored in the fridge for later use.
  2. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, using a muddler, muddle down the basil leaves well to release the oils. Add in the simple syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice, gin, then add the ice.
  3. Cover, and shake well to incorporate all the ingredients.
  4. Strain into your martini glass, and garnish with a basil leaf or lime wheel.


  • Use only fresh basil for this, preferably organic if you can for the freshest flavor.
  • Tanqueray Gin is for wonderful for this, but Bombay Sapphire or Aviation Gin would be great as well.
  • Not a fan of Gin? No problem! Substitute it with your favorite vodka.
  • Chill your martini glasses in the freezer before serving to keep this cocktail extra cool.


All photos by Marla Smith Photography