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Basil Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

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Last Updated on June 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

Traditional gimlets are made with gin, lime and simple syrup. Shaken and poured into a coupe, for an easy cocktail! A twist on a classic cocktail.


Herbs in cocktails? Yes, please. You know we LOVE to use herbs in cocktails! Like this Cucumber Cooler, this Mint Lavender Gin Limeade, and our Simple Syrups!


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Basil is one our favorites! Basil has a peppery flavor could not be more perfect in cocktail recipes. In this gimlet, it pairs nicely with the botanical essence of gin . A basil gimlet is a drink made of lime juice, gin and basil simple syrup. Truly the perfect summer drink!

Basil gimlet in cocktail coupe with basil leaves

Gin Gimlet

A gin gimlet is a classic cocktail. Make sure to check our bit of history in this other gimlet post, the Rhubarb Gimlet! However it came to be, the gimlet has now solidified itself in history as one of the great gin cocktails.

Basil gimlet in cocktail coupe with basil leaves

You can make all sorts of flavors of gimlets by adding whatever you choose: an herb, citrus, or berry. It’s really a blank slate and can become any flavor you would like! We have a LOT of gimlets on the site – clearly you all love them too!

Cocktail in bubble glass coupe with basil leaves

Adding basil to this gimlet really rounds out the flavors. And if you add a splash of soda water, it becomes a gin fizz! Easy for sure!


The flavors of basil and lime are really are so good together. So, this is another winning cocktail in our book!

Cocktail in bubble glass coupe with basil leaves

Make sure to garnish with some fresh basil, too! Makes it look pretty, but the extra basil aroma when you take a sip makes for a perfect drink! Try our Lilac Gimlet, too!

Make sure to check out some other classic cocktails, like our French 75!




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Basil gimlet in cocktail coupe with basil leaves
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Basil Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Basil Gimlet is a twist on the classic cocktail. Full of flavor with basil simple syrup, this is a great summer sipper!



  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake to combine.
  2. Strain into coupe, garnish with basil leaves.
  3. Cheers!

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Sodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 25.6gFiber: .1gSugar: .4gProtein: .1g

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