The Basil Gimlet

Let me start by saying that this was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktails.  That list is not short, but it does come from a man who was well acquainted with all forms of alcohol.  The basil adds a peppery, sweet flavor, which is balanced by the tartness of the lime juice of a traditional gimlet.  And it has gin, helping make it a perfect summer drink.  I’ve played around with a lot of recipes, but have settled on this one.

Drinking to Heminway

Basil Gimlet

  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • ¾ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp basil simple syrup (see below)
  • Basil leaves for garnish
  • Cucumber slice for garnish (optional)

Put gin, lime juice and basil simply syrup in cocktail shaker.  Shake gently.  Pour into chilled cocktail glass and garnish.  Enjoy.  Repeat 3-4 times for best results.

Basil, sugar, lime, and gin

Basil Simply Syrup

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 sprigs basil

Heat water and sugar until completely mixed.  Remove from heat and steep basil in simple syrup for 20-30 minutes.  Remove basil and set in fridge to cool.  This syrup can stay good for up to a week in the fridge.


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