Apparently I’m not the only one with a basil gin gimlet on the brain. I hadn’t even heard of them until a couple weeks ago, when I saw an article about them that intrigued me. I created a blog post draft because I have a stupid amount of fresh basil to use.
Then I tried out an awesome new restaurant last weekend and they just so happened to have a basil gimlet on their menu. Serendipity for sure. I tried out my own recipe the next day and I have to say that I AM IN LOVE.
I don’t know about you, but I have sooooo much fresh basil in my backyard, and this might be my favorite way (or at least tied with pesto) of using up an abundance of basil.
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Actually making it couldn’t be easier…put ice in a cocktail shaker and pour the gin, lime juice, and basil simple syrup over it.
Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh basil if that’s how you roll.
This post talks about how you can get the basil flavor without a basil-infused simple syrup. But making a basil simple syrup is CRAZY easy and feels so fancy. Seriously it takes 2 minutes.
Stir together equal parts water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan on medium-high heat til it’s dissolved. Let it come to a boil briefly, then remove from heat and add a few basil leaves. Leave to steep and cool, then pour into a small glass container. It will stay good in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
Take advantage of fresh basil season and give this basil gimlet a spin…trust me when I say that you won’t be disappointed. And you’ll feel so fancy.
I had to include this last photo, it looks a little different but I was playing around with my new mirrorless camera and loved the look of this one (the rest are with my phone)…
Other great gin cocktails you’ll love:
- The O.G.: 3-Ingredient Classic Gin Gimlet Cocktail
- Also using basil: Basil Gin Smash
- Like a French gimlet, but with grapefruit: Bohemian Cocktail (Gin, Elderflower, & Grapefruit)
- Another great Navy scurvy buster: A Classic ‘Army & Navy’ Cocktail
- A different herbal take: The Verdant Lady (Gin & Green Chartreuse Cocktail)
- Classic & naturally low-carb/no-sugar: A Classic Gin Rickey Cocktail (Low-Carb, No Sugar)
I adapted this slightly (proportions mostly) from Goop