Lemon Basil Cocktail

a glass of lemon basil cocktail.

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This summer-fresh vodka cocktail combines tart lemon, fresh basil, and a touch of sweetness. This recipe makes one perfect drink for you or you can scale it up to share. 


  • 4 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup (see note)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Place the basil and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle them with a muddler or wooden spoon handle.
  2. Add the ice, vodka, and lemon juice. Secure the shaker lid and shake the container for about 5 seconds or so. Strain the drink into a glass and garnish with lemon slices and basil leaves.


Simple syrup: You can buy simple syrup or you can make it. Combine 1/2 cup of granulated sugar with 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium heat while stirring. Once the sugar has dissolved, take the syrup off the heat to cool. You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several weeks.