Basil Gimlet: A Refreshing Twist On The Classic Cocktail

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There’s nothing quite like a perfectly balanced gimlet to cool you down on a hot summer day. This classic cocktail combines gin, lime juice, and a touch of simple syrup for a tart, refreshing drink. But why not add a twist and elevate it with the delightful aroma and flavor of fresh basil? This basil gimlet recipe is a breeze to make and sure to impress your guests.


Live Basil Gimlet
Live Basil Gimlet

2 ounces Gin

  • 1 ounce Fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce Simple syrup
  • 4-5 Basil leaves
  • Ice

  • Instructions:

    1. Muddle the basil: In a shaker, muddle the basil leaves gently with a bar spoon to release their fragrant oils. Don’t overdo it, or your drink might turn bitter.
    2. Add the remaining ingredients: Pour in the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice.
    3. Shake it up! Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, until the outside of the shaker feels frosty.
    4. Strain and serve: Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil (optional).


    For a more intense basil flavor, you can muddle the basil leaves with a little bit of simple syrup before adding the other ingredients.

  • If you don’t have a bar spoon, you can use the back of a spoon to muddle the basil.
  • No simple syrup? You can make a quick substitute by dissolving equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then let it cool completely before using.

  • Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Calories: 130 (approx.)

  • Carbohydrates: 10 grams (approx.)
  • Sugar: 8 grams (approx.)

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on standard measurements. The actual nutritional content may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    The basil gimlet is a delicious and refreshing twist on a classic cocktail. The addition of fresh basil adds a delightful herbal aroma and flavor that perfectly complements the tartness of the lime juice and the juniper notes of the gin. It’s a simple and elegant drink that’s perfect for any summer occasion.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. What kind of gin should I use for a basil gimlet?

    You can use any gin you like for this recipe. However, a London Dry gin with a strong juniper flavor will pair well with the basil.

    2. Can I use store-bought basil simple syrup instead of making my own?

    Absolutely! Store-bought basil simple syrup can be a great time-saver. Just be sure to choose a high-quality brand that uses real ingredients.

    3. What if I don’t have a shaker?

    No problem! You can still make a delicious basil gimlet by using a mason jar or any other container with a tight-fitting lid. Just add all of the ingredients to the jar, fill it with ice, and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass and enjoy.

    4. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

    Yes, you can! Just pre-make the cocktail (without the ice) and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to serve, simply add ice and shake again.

    5. What are some other variations on the basil gimlet?

    There are endless possibilities! You can try muddling other herbs like mint or rosemary, or add a splash of fruit juice like grapefruit or cucumber for a different flavor profile.