August 25, 2021

Best Cucumber Basil Gimlet

This Cucumber Basil Gimlet has got to be one of the most refreshing cocktails we have had to date. Next time you find yourself with lots of cucumber and basil on hand, come back to this recipe! 

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ingredients for cucumber basil gimlet

Ingredients for a Cucumber Basil Gimlet

  • Fresh Cucumber: you can use whatever kind you like — seeded or seedless. You will be straining the cocktail so it does not matter too much.
  • Fresh Basil: lots of it.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: About 1 large lemon or 2 small lemons should yield around 2 oz of fresh lemon juice needed to make 2 cocktails served in rocks glasses. 
  • Fresh Lime Juice: the juice of about 1 small lime should yield about 1 oz of fresh lime juice.
  • Simple Syrup: you can purchase this at the store or make it from scratch (see below in the FAQ section for a quick how-to on making simple syrup).
  • Gin: this recipe was tested with Tanqueray London Dry Gin, but feel free to experiment with whatever kind of gin you like! 
  • Ice
  • Club Soda


Are you sensing a theme in the ingredients?! Freshness. The use of fresh cucumber, fresh basil, fresh lemon juice, and fresh lime juice seriously elevates this gimlet. So so refreshing and such a beautiful green color. 


How to Make This Cucumber Basil Gimlet

In a cocktail shaker, add the cucumber, basil and lemon juice. Muddle until the basil and cucumber are broken down, and you can smell the aromas of both. This will take a minute or two. Don’t skip this step! Muddling releases the juices, particularly from the cucumber, and this lets the flavors bind with the alcohol better for a more cohesive cocktail. 

When you muddle, instead of jamming the muddler up and down, use more of a twisting motion to avoid bruising the basil. When you are finished, it should look similar to the picture below. 

muddling step of making cucumber basil gimlet


Next, add the lime juice, simple syrup and gin to the cocktail shaker. Fill your rocks glasses to the top with ice. Alternatively, you could serve this up (meaning the drink is shaken over ice and then served chilled, without ice, by straining it into the glass) in coupe glasses if you fancy.

Add ice to the shaker. Shake until cold. Strain into rocks glasses over the ice. Top with about 2 oz club soda per drink or to taste. Garnish with cucumber slice and fresh basil. 



Cucumber Basil Gimlet cocktail with garnishes of cucumber and basil, sitting on a cutting board
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