Basil Gimlet

Basil Gimlet

This tried-and-true gin and lime cocktail is made even more refreshing by adding a few muddled basil leaves. Make sure you start with a chilled coupe glass.



  • 6 large fresh basil leaves
  • ¾ fluid ounce simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice
  • ¾ fluid ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 fluid ounces gin
  • 1 small basil leaf for garnish



Place coupe glass in the freezer while you are preparing the cocktail.
Combine 6 basil leaves and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle until basil leaves are crushed. Add ice, lime juice, and gin. Cover and shake until chilled, 15 to 20 seconds.
Strain cocktail into coupe glass and garnish with remaining basil leaf.

Cook's Note:

To make a quick simple syrup, combine equal parts white sugar and warm water in a jar. Shake until sugar is dissolved.

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