Gin-Basil Lemonade Cocktail

gin basil lemonade

I’m not really one for making cocktails at home. I’ll mix the occasional gin and tonic, and I’m not above blending a shot of rum into a smoothie or adding Bailey’s to my hot cocoa after a long day. But most of the time, my drink of choice at home is simple: a bottle of beer or a glass of wine. Easy to store and minimal prep.

gin basil lemonad

But, after stocking up on my G&T supplies for a party and watching my patio basil plant go crazy, I decided it was time to experiment. I busted out the cocktail shaker, grabbed a spare lemon and a bunch of basil, and concocted what turned out to be a perfect summer cocktail: crisp, refreshing, not too sweet or strong while still imparting a pleasant, sustained buzz. Best enjoyed on the patio or out by the pool on an afternoon where you have nowhere to be and nothing to do.

gin basil lemonade

Technically, this is a white lady cocktail with the addition of basil and tonic water. The tonic makes it lighter and easier to drink (for me, anyway) but you could omit it for a stronger, un-carbonated beverage. I’m using diet tonic here, so the nutrition facts will differ if you use regular.

Gin-Basil Lemonade Cocktail

Yield: 1

Calories per serving: 248

Fat per serving: 0 g

Carbs per serving: 9.4 g

Protein per serving: 0 g

Gin-Basil Lemonade Cocktail


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2.5 oz diet tonic water
  • 5 basil leaves
  • lemon slice
  • ice


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, Cointreau and lemon juice. Shake until cold.
  2. Muddle three basil leaves in a glass. Add 2-3 ice cubes. Strain in the cocktail mixture. Top off with tonic water and stir.
  3. Garnish with lemon slice and additional basil.

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