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Thai Basil Gimlet

Thai basil adds spicy, anise-like notes to a gimlet. Together with lime, elderflower liqueur, and good quality gin, the Thai basil gimlet is a cool twist on an elegant classic.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil
Servings: 2
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Emily Clifton, Nerds with Knives


  • 6 large Thai basil leaves plus more for garnish
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • 1 ounce St. Germain


  • Place the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker and add the simple syrup and lime juice. Muddle the basil leaves with a muddler or the bottom of a wooden spoon to release the oils.
  • Add the gin and St Germain and fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of Thai Basil.


To make simple syrup, heat equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Transfer it to a clean jar and let it cool. Simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for several months.


Calories: 255kcal
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