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Cucumber Basil Gimlet


I want to share a recipe for a cocktail that has become my recent go-to when I’m in the mood for something refreshing yet elegant—the Cucumber Basil Gimlet. It’s a twist on the classic gimlet, swapping out the standard fare for an intriguing blend of crisp cucumber, zesty lime, and aromatic basil. Let’s dive into what makes this cocktail a standout choice for your next drink.

At the heart of the Cucumber Basil Gimlet is gin. The botanicals in gin are natural companions to the other flavors we’re mixing here. Depending on the gin you choose, you can introduce a range of subtle floral or peppery notes that underpin the drink without overpowering it. I suggest a gin that leans toward a more herbal profile to complement the basil beautifully.

Next up is the fresh cucumber juice. Cucumber in a cocktail? Absolutely. It brings a clean, vegetal freshness that lightens the drink and makes it incredibly sippable. The coolness of cucumber pairs perfectly with the crispness of gin, making each sip as refreshing as the last. It’s like a gentle breeze in a glass, really.

Then, we have the fresh lime juice. This is where that necessary punch of acidity comes into play, balancing the mild sweetness of the cucumber and the syrup. Lime adds a bright, citrusy contrast, which really ties the flavors together. It’s the zing that every gimlet needs, but here it feels new and exciting. Finally, we have the basil simple syrup. Basil and lime are old friends in culinary dishes, and they gel just as well in a cocktail. The syrup infuses the drink with a sweet, slightly peppery kick that complements the herbal notes of the gin. Basil is not just a background player; its aromatic presence elevates the cocktail, giving it a fragrant complexity that lingers throughout.


Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.


Step 2: Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish.


So, if you’re looking for something that’s a step up from the usual, yet still feels laid-back and utterly enjoyable, give the Cucumber Basil Gimlet a go. It’s a sophisticated choice without any fuss, perfect for both casual hangouts and special occasions. Cheers to a great drink that’s as enjoyable to make as it is to drink!

Cucumber Basil Gimlet




  1. Step 1 – Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish.

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