Basil Gimlet

Thought to have once been a way to prevent scurvy and treat cholera, the Gimlet has deep roots in history. The earliest appearance is said to be 1852 in the "Pamphlets on Biology: Kofoid collection." We continue our basil binge with a slight twist on the classic cocktail.


  • .5 oz. Simple syrup
  • 6 Fresh basil leaves
  • .75 oz. lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
  • 1.5 oz. gin

In a cocktail shaker with the simple syrup and lime juice, press the basil leaves firmly against the bottom to release the oils. Add gin and add a bunch of ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a basil leaf.

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