Summer Cocktails: The Strawberry Basil Gimlet
While being called “gimlet eyed” might make you think someone has caught on to your indulgent drinking ways, it actually means that you’ve got a deep penetrating stare (also something that is known to happen to those that consume too many gimlets or other alcoholic beverages). Which is also not necessarily a good thing. But this strawberry basil gimlet recipe is a good thing…a very good thing. I know you’re trying to get your summer cocktails lined up, and this one is definitely something to keep close at hand. It’s a super easy cocktail recipe and it tastes delicious. Oh, and the ingredients can be found all season long no matter where you live.
A traditional gimlet recipe is made with gin and lime…that’s it. Really, that’s all there is to it. But like all good things, changes occurred in the makeup of this simple cocktail. I suppose it might have something to do with the fact that some people don’t like the taste of gin. Whatever the reason, the gimlet recipe that most people abide by today has replaced the gin with vodka.
This fresh strawberry basil gimlet recipe should make even those who turn their noses up at gin happy. The fruit and herbal flavors work really well with the already herby flavor of the gin. And when you get those really good tasting strawberries, this cocktail almost tastes like grandma’s fresh jam in a glass. Well, if your grandma was a bootlegger back in the days of Prohibition…but let’s just go with that sweet grandmotherly vision for now.
As far as summer cocktails go, I’m always searching for ways to incorporate fresh fruit into my glass. I suppose it makes me feel more like summer if what I’m drinking tastes like it really goes with the season, unlike those ‘fruit’ flavored liquors that taste like artificial fruits of summer.
Along with the fresh fruit comes fresh herbs. You may have noticed more and more cocktails with basil showing up on bar menus. Basil is one of those herbs that’s available year round, as a fresh herb. It blends really nicely with all kinds of fruits and many of the clear spirits found on the bar. I like using it in cocktail recipes because it makes the drink taste a little different. I’ve found myself adding it to some traditional cocktail recipes just to give them some new life.
So hit the market, break out your muddlers and give gin another chance. You’re really going to fall in love with this strawberry basil gimlet.
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Recipe: The Strawberry Basil Gimlet
- 2 Large Strawberries
- 3 Basil Leaves
- Juice from 1/2 Lime
- Squirt of Agave Nectar (or simple syrup)
- 1 3/4 Ounces Gin
- Toss the strawberries, basil, lime juice and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker.
- Muddle everything with a muddler or a wooden spoon. You really want to break up the strawberries (to get all the juice out of them) and bruise up the basil to release the oils.
- Add ice to the shaker and pour the gin in.
- Cover and shake until your fingers are numb.
- Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a strawberry and basil leaf.
I like to serve this with little pieces of the strawberries floating around in it. But you can use a fine mesh strainer to strain them out if you would like to serve the cocktail clear.
A grind of fresh black pepper in the cocktail shaker also adds a nice spicy touch to this cocktail.
Preparation time: 7 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)