Meyer Lemon Basiltini

As much as I love basil vodka, it’s not something I’d ever want to take shots of, or even drink on the rocks. It’s too strong, and (perhaps more importantly) I am far past the age where I can do shots in any sort of dignified manner.

If, however, you wish to take shots of it, I certainly don’t begrudge you that. In fact, I salute you. But if you’re like me and you believe that a rainy Saturday afternoon is the perfect time to sip on a fancy, pretty cocktail while you bake/do laundry/train for a marathon, etc., then this is probably the drink for you. Also, call me, because I think we should probably be friends.

The musky, slightly sweet basil is perfect with tart Meyer lemon juice, and a hint of simple syrup rounds it out. This would be great at a dinner party as a pre-dinner drink, or for any cocktail hour. Or, as originally created, a “just because” drink, because you had a long week and you earned it, dammit.

Meyer Lemon Basiltini
A refreshing cocktail with tart Meyer lemon juice, simple syrup, and musky basil vodka.
Category: Drinks
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup)
  • basil vodka
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) Meyer lemon juice - this was about 3 Meyers for me
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup
  • simple syrup
  1. Combine vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. If you don't have a cocktail shaker, fill any closed container with ice - a water bottle, Tupperware, etc. Strain into chilled martini glass or pour over ice - I haven't had it on the rocks (yet), but I'd be willing to bet that a lemon-sugar rim would be killer with this.


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