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Basil Martini

Keeping Summer alive with this basil martini cocktail full of fresh herb flavors and tart lime!

Basil Martini with Lime and Black Pepper | Take Two Tapas

While everyone, including myself, is catching fall fever I have a bit of summer left to share in this refreshing cocktail.

I am not a successful gardener but herbs are the one thing I can grow well, and so I tend to grow an abundance.

Currently, there is still enough warmth in our South Georgia days to reward me with bunches of basil. I started from seed in April and with lots of pinching off the top leaves, I’ve had basil to use all summer.

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Basil Martini with Lime and Black Pepper | Take Two Tapas

My husband grew a nice crop of tomatoes and we enjoyed loads of Caprese, made plenty of pesto and I even submerged the basil leaves in olive oil and froze in ice cube trays to use all year in sauces and soups.

But when I pinned a recipe for a Basil Gimlet I discovered a new way to use handfuls of my harvest.

Basil simple syrup!! Just heat equal parts sugar and water until dissolved and, off heat, add in a few cups of basil leaves, it’s all to taste so start with a cup of basil for each cup of sugar, let the basil infuse the syrup until cooled and store airtight for up to two weeks in the fridge.

You’ll love the combination of basil and black pepper with just a hint of sweetness served up in a chilled martini glass.

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Basil Martini with Lime and Black Pepper

This light and refreshing cocktail will help you savor the last of your summer basil and spice things up with a hint of black pepper
4.67 from 9 votes
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Course: Drinks and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 840kcal
Author: Jennifer


Basil Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves washed

Basil Martini:

  • 4 oz vodka
  • 4 oz basil simple syrup
  • 4 oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Basil Simple Syrup:

  • Combine the sugar and water in saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat and add basil leaves.
  • Let stand until room temperature, transfer to airtight container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Basil Martini:

  • Fill martini glasses with ice and water to chill.
  • Pour out ice and water.
  • Shake first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker, strain into empty, chilled martini glasses.
  • Add one to two turns of freshly ground black pepper and a basil leaf for garnish.


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 840kcal | Carbohydrates: 183g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 176g

Recipe inspired by Modern Wifestyle.

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Thursday 12th of March 2020

Rohan Singh

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

Good guest post by Chrissy :). We have basil herbs in our garden, and lime too, just need to get black pepper for recipe. So healthy to taste it, need to add less sugar to make more healthy. My mom used to give me honey, basil and a black ingredient (don't remember the name) when I was suffering from fever , it worked like medicine :) (it was holy basil, I think).

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

I love when she visits because she has the BEST ideas!! She is the person I steal all my fresh basil and mint from since I can't keep them alive at my house. Thanks for reading and if you remember that black ingredient I would love to know what it was!


Sunday 4th of October 2015

The basil and the pepper! Dying for one of these. Sorry it took me so long to get over here. Dog be kickin' my butt.

Tuesday 6th of October 2015

Sounds like your pup can use a cocktail too!


Monday 28th of September 2015

It's 9am on a Monday and I really want to make this cocktail! Is that bad???? :) Looks soooo yummy!

Monday 28th of September 2015

It's 5 o'clock somewhere. If I could drink and get my work done I'd be drinking a bloody mary at 7 am!


Monday 28th of September 2015

It's 9am on a Monday and I really want to make this cocktail! Is that bad???? :) Looks soooo yummy!