Basil Martini Recipe

The Basil Martini is a refreshing twist on a classic, infusing the herbal elegance of basil with the crisp clarity of vodka. This concoction is a harmonious blend of garden-fresh basil, sweet agave nectar, and the zest of lime, shaken to a frothy delight. It’s a sophisticated, aromatic experience that brings a verdant lift to your cocktail repertoire. Simple yet intriguing, this Basil Martini recipe is all about celebrating the flavors in their purest form.

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Basil Martini

A refreshing twist on the classic martini cocktail.

Course Drinks
Keyword Basil Martini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 150 kcal


  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 4 leaves sweet basil
  • 2 leaves mint
  • 1 lime fresh juice


  1. Muddle the basil leaves, mint leaves, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice together in the cocktail shaker to release their essential oils and flavors.

  2. Add the vodka to the muddled mixture.

  3. Fill the shaker with ice, seal it tightly, and shake vigorously until the mixture is well-chilled.

  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass, ensuring a smooth and clear drink without any bits of herb.

Nutrition Facts
Basil Martini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


What does basil do in a drink?

Basil adds a distinctive flavor profile to drinks; it introduces a fresh, aromatic, and slightly sweet herbal note. In cocktails, particularly a Basil Martini, it creates a sophisticated depth, balancing the sweetness of the syrup and the acidity of the lime, offering a refreshing and aromatic twist.

Difference between vodka and gin in a martini?

Vodka and gin are both clear spirits, but they contribute differently to a martini. Vodka offers a clean, smooth base that allows the flavors of the basil, lime, and syrup to shine prominently. It’s all about purity and clarity, enhancing the drink without overpowering it. Gin, on the other hand, introduces its botanical flavors, adding a complex, aromatic character that can either complement or compete with the basil, depending on the gin’s botanical profile. The choice between vodka and gin in a martini comes down to personal preference and the desired interplay of flavors.

Can you make a non-alcoholic basil martini?

Absolutely! To create a non-alcoholic Basil Martini, replace the vodka with a non-alcoholic spirit or seedlip, which provides a similar botanical profile without the alcohol. Continue to use the basil, mint, lime juice, and agave nectar, following the same preparation method. This version retains the refreshing and aromatic essence of the original cocktail, making it enjoyable for everyone, regardless of alcohol preference.

This Basil Martini is more than a drink; it’s a statement of simplicity and elegance, perfectly balancing the freshness of the garden with the spirit of the bar.

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