Basil Vodka Gimlet: Summer in a Glass!

Do you love summer as much as I do? I’m looking forward to summer entertaining, and this cocktail is the perfect thing to serve. This Basil Vodka Gimlet is literally summer-in-a-glass!

Has summer arrived where you are?! ‘Cause it’s certainly arrived here! For the last few days we’ve been in the 90°s, which is actually unseasonably warm for this early in the season. To be honest, I’m a little ready for it anyway, as all of June and May are pretty gloomy and gray here.

Summer is one of my absolute favorite seasons – I look forward to it all year. I love the feeling of freedom, the lingering nights over dinner outside, days at the beach with salt in my hair and sand in my toes. 

So this weekend, we’re having some friends over and I’m serving what is probably my favorite cocktail of all time!

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This drink is based on a standard Vodka Gimlet, which is typically made with Rose’s Lime Juice (or fresh, if you’re lucky), simple syrup and vodka. However, this one infuses that simple syrup with basil. And it’s pure genius!


vodka basil lemons glasses pitcher

The basil really adds a fresh note to the simple syrup, elevating this from a tasty drink to a truly delicious cocktail!


lemon basil syrup lemons and basil on board

You might think I’m overstating it, but I assure you, I’m not! In fact, beware because this drink is truly dangerous ~ it’s easy to drink 2 (or 3)! 😉


basil vodka gimlets with lemons on cutting board

This cocktail is just hands-down delicious. I’ve been serving it for about 5 or 6 years now and I have yet to have anyone not rave about it. Even those friends who say they only like beer or wine, this one wins them over. 😉


delicious basil vodka lemon gimlets in monogrammed glasses summer cocktail

Yield: 6 drinks

Basil Vodka Gimlet

Basil Vodka Gimlet

A fun twist on a regular gimlet cocktail, this Basil Vodka Gimlet has a bright clean flavor profile, perfect for summer!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 cup basil simple syrup
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Garnish: fresh basil sprigs, lemon wedges (optional)


  1. Stir together all ingredients in a pitcher until cold, then strain into glasses half filled with ice. Garnish with basil sprigs and/or lemon wedges.

* To make basil simple syrup, stir together 4 cups lightly packed basil leaves, 4 cups water, and 2 cups sugar. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let stand at room temperature, covered, for 1 hour. Strain out basil through a sieve into a bowl, pressing hard and then discarding solids. *Syrup keeps, covered and chilled, 5 days.


Also, if you want to make this as a mocktail or lemonade, you can use the basil simple syrup that way. Simply mix water, syrup and fresh squeezed lemon juice in a 2-2-1 ratio. Pour over ice!


yummy summer cocktail vodka basil gimlets in monogrammed glasses with sprigs of basil on white marble counter


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Happy Summer!


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Today I’m joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their summer drink recipes with you!

Delicious Mint Lemonade – This is Simplicite
Best Skinny Margaritas – Rooms FOR Rent
Summer Rum Punch – The Handmade Home
Basil Vodka Gimlet – Maison de Cinq


Sugar Free Raspberry Syrup Gin Soda Cocktail – The Happy Housie
Salty Dog Grapefruit Cocktail – Jenna Kate at Home
Blueberry Lemon Summer Cocktail – My 100 Year Old Home
Easy Summer Cocktail Recipe – Modern Glam
Simple Mojito Recipe – Inspiration for Moms


Summer Tropical Berry Slushie – Cassie Bustamante
How to Make Whipped Coffee – She Gave it a Go
Avocado Banana Smoothie – Dans le Lakehouse
Coconut Milkshake – Life is a Party
Lemonade Float Bar – Clean & Scentsible


Peach Ice Tea – Paint Me Pink
Peach Lemonade Spritzer – Nick and Alicia
Kitchen Bar & Free Margaritas – My Sweet Savannah
Strawberry Lemon Tea with a Hint of Mint – Amber Tysl
Summer Beer-Ritas – This is Our Bliss


Bourbon Mint Lemonade Cocktail – Satori Design for Living
Coconut Banana Keto Smoothie – Setting for Four
Summer Sangria Slush – A Pretty Life
Refreshing Paloma Cocktails – Finding Silver Pennies


If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out more summer recipes and entertaining ideas below:

Watermelon Mojito Recipe

How to Host a Summer Wine & Cheese Party

Easy Red Wine Sangria

How to Host an Easy & Delicious Summer Grilling Night


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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Where can I find these exact glasses?!

    1. Hi Elizabeth! Those are discontinued, but I linked several, similar monogrammed glasses in the post!

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Shiela, this basil vodka gimlet looks like it could be the perfect cocktail to kick-off summer!

    1. Well, I know I’d vote for it for sure! It’s so delish – hope you try it Norma!


  3. This sounds so refreshing. I love basil. It always reminds me of summer. 😉

    1. Thanks Danielle – I feel the same way! That’s why I call it Summer-in-a-Glass! 😉


    1. Yay! I’m telling you, they will love it!!