As the weather warms up and the sun starts shining, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about refreshing cocktails to enjoy on a breezy evening. This Strawberry Basil Martini recipe is for those gin lovers out there who enjoy adding a bit of sweetness to their traditional martini recipes. I prefer a gin martini myself, so I was excited to create a fruity variation of a classic gin martini for the beautiful spring season.
This cocktail recipe has a few different additions that set it apart from your usual flavored martini recipe. While gin is a versatile spirit and very fun to work with, it’s important that the botanicals of your chosen gin blend in well with your other ingredients. I gave this recipe quite a bit of thought in order to share a perfectly well-rounded martini, so I hope you enjoy!
For this recipe, I added in Lillet Blanc and elderflower liqueur. I regularly use these in my recipes; in fact, I even mix them into my bubbly from time to time for an extra touch of flavor.
Lillet Blanc is a French aperitif wine that has a light and fruity flavor with notes of orange, honey, and herbs. It adds a subtle sweetness to the cocktail, but doesn’t overpower the flavor of the martini. Elderflower liqueur is made from the blossoms of the elderflower plant, bringing out a unique floral flavor that makes it a perfect pairing with gin.
Since this is a strawberry flavored martini, I went for my classic homemade strawberry simple syrup to bring the sweet, fruity elements to life. It’s a very easy recipe to create, I recommend checking it out!
Step 1: Add basil leaves to a shaker and gently bash a few times with a muddler.
Step 2: Add remaining ingredients apart from the strawberry into the shaker, top with ice. Shake until chilled.
Step 3: Double strain into a chilled martini glass; garnish with basil and strawberry
This Strawberry Basil Martini is sure to be an easy favorite this spring season (and even going into the summer). Martini recipes are so versatile, and I love having fun taking my own spin on classics. Each sip has a smooth, sweet finish that will leave you coming back for seconds, even thirds. So why not whip up this delicious recipe up this weekend?