Basil Vodka Gimlet

Basil Vodka Gimlet Cocktail

Recipe: Basil Vodka Gimlet (serves one)

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. basil lemon syrup
  • Lemon twist and basil leaf

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with the lemon twist and basil leaf.


If you’re a fan of basil and citrus, you’ll love this cocktail. We got the original recipe from Epicurious.com, and reduced the amount of syrup a bit to make it slightly less sweet. For a non-alcoholic alternative, try our sparkling basil lemonade recipe.

The basil lemon syrup. This delicious basil lemon syrup recipe is also from Epicurious.com.

Ingredients (makes 2.5 cups or 20 oz., more than 13 cocktails):

  • 1/4 lb. fresh basil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 9 (2″ by 1″) strips lemon peel

Remove stems from basil. Bring ingredients to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cover pan and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Place covered pan in refrigerator for 1 hour to cool. Strain syrup into container, discarding solids.

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