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Strawberry-Basil Martini

The Strawberry-Basil Martini is a beautiful and sophisticated cocktail that pairs two of our favorite summer flavors. While the combination might sound unusual, the sweet fruit and herbal notes are absolutely delicious together. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Emily Clifton, Nerds with Knives


For the strawberry simple syrup (makes about 2 cups syrup):

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups strawberries hulled and sliced (about 1 quart)

For 1 cocktail:

  • 4 large basil leaves plus one leaf for garnish, if desired
  • 2 ounces gin or vodka (recommended; Hendricks or Bulldog)
  • 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liquor
  • 1 ounce strawberry simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice


For the strawberry syrup:

  • In a medium saucepan, add water, sugar and strawberries. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves, about 2 to 3 minutes. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes, occasionally skimming off any foam that forms on the surface. Pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer set over a heat-proof bowl and allow liquid to drain on it’s own. Don’t press down or the syrup will be cloudy. Cool to room temperature and transfer to a clean glass jar. Chill until ready to use.

For the cocktail:

  • Add basil leaves to a shaker and gently bash a few times with a muddler or the bottom of a wooden spoon. Fill shaker with ice and add all the other ingredients. Shake hard for 10 to 15 seconds. Double strain into a chilled martini glass, float a basil leaf on top and serve.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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