This refreshing summer drink is an absolute favorite! I discovered this Basil Gimlet at JOY BISTRO. A special thanks to Melissa and Gary Joy for sharing this recipe. Melissa is head chef at Joy Bistro and Gary creates a unique mix of classic and modern cocktail recipes at the restaurant. Learn more about Joy Bistro, located in Boone, NC here.
The Basil Gimlet is well-balanced and elegant when presented in a jazzy coupe glass. Coupe glasses were popular prior to the 1950’s when champagne flutes came on the scene. Today, you can find coupes at antique stores and consignment shops for a steal.
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz simple syrup 1:1 (see notes)
- 6 good size basil leaves
- 2.5 oz gin
- Muddle the basil in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. The longer you muddle the fresh basil the more color and flavor you will add to the drink.
- Fill shaker 3/4 of the way with ice.
- Pour in remaining ingredients.
- Shake vigorously.
- Double strain into a coupe glass. Enjoy!