Basil Lemonade Cocktail

Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe)This past week our sweet pal brought us a bunch of fresh mint, basil and rosemary from her garden (thanks Laura!). Naturally, my mind went straight to cocktail recipes. I had wanted to try a basil simple syrup for a while and my ship had finally come in! 

On a side note, my husband hates basil, but I love it. And today when he walked into the kitchen and smelled the syrup I was making, he was like, "What's that?! I want to try it." (insert my evil laugh here) I told him it was basil and he still kinda wanted to try it. And you know what? He liked it. I guess it's my lucky day! I never thought I could get him to love basil OR any mixed drink besides a Bloody Mary. He's an evolving man, what can I say? 😀

Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe) Basil Lemonade Cocktail, serves one 

Club Soda

In a tall glass, mix 2 ounces basil simple syrup (recipe below), 1.5 ounces gin, 1 ounce St-Germain, and the juice of three lemons. Add ice and top off with club soda and stir. Stir chopped basil into the drink as a (flavorful!) garnish.  Enjoy!

Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe)   Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe)   Basil Simple Syrup, makes one jar


To make basil simple syrup, simply combine 1 part sugar and 1 part water in a pot and add 3-4 chopped basil leaves. I usually use 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water for a small batch, or two cups for a batch I want to use for a couple weeks or a party!  

Yum!Basil Lemonade Cocktail (click through for the full recipe)      This drink is so refreshing! If you don't drink alchohol you would still enjoy it without the liquor. 🙂 It's a treat. Perfect for girls night, which for Katie and me is tonight. Hooray! 

xo. elsie 

  • Yum!! Love the combination f this!

    Lulu xx

  • Hmmmm this looks yummy! What a brilliant idea.

    Made a mojito sorbet recently which worked really well…

  • I love basil lemonade!

    Though I just make mine mojito style and crush up some basil in the bottom of a lgass before adding the lemonade (and rum,or vodka etc). I’m far to lazy to make the syrup.

  • Maybe it’s just perfect that it’s a Saturday, basil is my favourite thing in the world, and I have a fresh plant just sitting on the kitchen counter. There’s my night.

    Hilary x

  • I love those birch-print straws (it’s birch, right?). Where are they from?!

  • I can’t wait to try this out. And I love the fact that it’s a great way to preserve some of the summer basil glut for when the autumn nights start to draw in (assuming you can keep your hands of the syrup). A great reminder of summer!

  • Haha that story about Jeremy made me laugh a lot – he sounds just like me! I’ve always hated mushrooms, but sometimes a dish comes along that sneakily puts them in so that they taste good! (Can I just say that this event is rare – mushrooms are totally gross 99% of the time.) 😀

  • i never would have thought to put basil and lemonade together. i only think of basil with food not drinks.

  • You make the best cocktails

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  • Where did you get those amazing straws that look like birch bark? Love them! The drink sounds yummy, too. 🙂

  • I love BasLem cocktails!

  • I only tried sirup with fresh mint…. But I feel like experimenting with basil now! 🙂

  • That looks perfect.
    I don’t really drink, but I definitly wanna try this!!!

    Love and good morning from Germany,


  • Love lemon ! Think I´m going to try this, and the plus is that is very healthy

  • oh my goodness this sounds absolutely delicious!
    thanks for sharing 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • This sounds so ideal! All of my favorite things together!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • YUM! Looks so refreshing! What a great little recipe!

  • I’ve had something similar in a restaurant before, but love the idea that I can make it at home!

  • YUM! If you can find it, try Lemon Basil! It tastes exactly like the name says, and is delicious on just about everything (in my opinion).

  • Oooh. When I was traveling in Europe this past summer, they had a basil cocktail special at a restaurant I went to in Munich! They called it a Mingwa. Don’t know what it means. I think they used ginger syrup and club soda with gin and crushed the basil leaves in it. I’d forgotten about it until now, and now I really want to make it for myself! So good!

    Thanks for bringing back good memories!

  • oh delicious! especially with some pesto:)

  • um yum! So fresh and delicious! 🙂 I can’t wait to try this, especially in these last lingering warm days. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mmmm! I just had Strawberry Basil Lemonade for the first time at a wedding last weekend and loved it! I’d be totally into making a spiked version ;D

  • This looks and sounds amazing! I love how you put it in the jars too xo

  • Gotta be honest, you girls are making me wish I was a raging alcoholic.

    Just saying. 😉


  • Dear Elsie,

    I love it.
    It is kind of flue fighter that I need right now!




  • Basil is so delicious when it’s fresh. I can only imagine how delicious this cocktail tastes with some refreshing lemon and a splash of alcohol! Mmmm.


  • I’m not much of a drinker, but I think I may have to concoct a virgin take on this!

  • I love basil too! This sounds so good! Maybe I can convert my husband too! Love your blog. Have been so inspired and motivated at a time when that is so what I needed. Thank you!

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