Lemon Basil Gimlet

It has been a while since I have posted, so sorry! I’ve been busy! We just got back from a whirlwind trip to New York City where I attended a workshop, visited some friends and celebrated Bill’s 30th birthday (a little early).

It was a wonderful trip but it was so HOT! I felt like, no matter what we did, we could not escape the heat. Apparently, in Brooklyn, it’s cool to turn off the A/C in restaurants, even when it’s over 90 degrees outside. Crazy!

So, I found myself ordering a lot of refreshing summer cocktails. I thought it would be a perfect time to share this Lemon Basil Gimlet recipe. It’s crisp, light, and perfect for these scorching summer days.

Stay cool out there! Cheers!

Lemon Basil Gimlet


  • 5 leaves sweet basil plus 3 for muddling
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka (try citrus vodka if you want a stronger citrus flavor)
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 3 basil leaves
  • lemon wedges, for garnish

First, prepare the basil simple syrup. Add 5 leaves of basil, sugar and water to a small sauce pan. Heat on medium, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and the basil leaves have wilted. Remove from heat and let cool. Allow leaves to steep in the syrup for 20-40 minutes, then remove and store in the refrigerator. This will make enough syrup for several drinks and it keeps in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.

To prepare the gimlet, muddle 3 basil leaves in a glass, add ice. In a shaker, add vodka, syrup and juice. Shake with a few cubes of ice until chilled. Strain into the glass and garnish with lemon.

Lemon Basil Gimlet, The Busy Girl Blog


What is your favorite summer cocktail? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


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