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This cucumber basil gimlet is a simple and refreshing cocktail recipe. Made with homemade basil simple syrup from fresh basil leaves.
Gimlets can even be made with different types of alcohol, such as in this tequila gimlet.
This cucumber gin gimlet is made with the classic ingredients, but uses a flavored basil simple syrup instead of regular simple syrup for a unique twist.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Basil Simple Syrup — Unlike other recipes, this basil gimlet is made with a homemade basil simple syrup which is a simple syrup infused with fresh basil leaves for a strong, yet authentic basil flavor.
- Simple — This is a great cocktail recipe for people who enjoy a simple, subtle cocktail that is not overly sweet.
- Refreshing — The cucumber & basil combination gives this drink a refreshing taste that is perfect for a warm spring or summer evening.
- Cucumber Juice: A bit of cucumber juice gives this cocktail its cucumber flavor. Blend and strain fresh cucumbers to make a smooth juice. You only need two ounces of cucumber juice so one cucumber should be enough.
- Basil Leaves: Fresh basil leaves are used to make the basil simple syrup. You will need a bunch of leaves, it doesn’t matter whether they are large or small. Dried basil does not work for this recipe.
- Gin: A fruity floral gin works well in this cocktail, but any type of gin that you like will pair well. Gimlets are stronger drinks than other cocktails so use a gin you enjoy the taste of.
- Lime Juice: Opt for freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor. It brings out the basil flavor and brightens the drink.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar is used to make the simple syrup which adds both sweetness and flavor.
- Water: A bit of water gives the simple syrup the right consistency. Use filtered water to avoid any unpleasant tastes from tap water.
How To Make A Cucumber Basil Gimlet
Step 1: Heat the basil leaves, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Step 2: Once the sugar has completely dissolved, strain out the basil leaves and let the syrup cool.
Step 3: Add the basil syrup, gin, lime juice, and cucumber juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain.
- Store leftover basil syrup. This recipe will make some extra basil simple syrup. Store leftover basil simple syrup in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Use leftovers to make other basil flavored drinks, such as this strawberry basil mocktail, this basil mojito, or this lemon basil martini.
- Adjust the strength. Some people prefer a strong gimlet where they can really taste the gin. If this is the case, add in up to an extra ounce of gin. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add in an extra ½ oz of basil syrup.
- Add some garnish. This cocktail has a plain sort of color, so garnish can make it more interesting and presentable to guests. Some ideas include cucumber slices, a lime wheel or a sprig of fresh basil.
Gimlets are served in coupe glasses, but you can also use martini glasses if you prefer.
To make cucumber juice, blend slices of cucumber in a high quality blender until smooth. Then pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pulp.
Yes. However, this method does not add as much basil flavor as the basil syrup does. Also, this recipe still requires some simple syrup to balance out the flavors. If you choose to muddle basil leaves, make sure to replace the basil syrup with regular simple syrup.