Basil-ica Cocktail Recipe

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Basil-ica Cocktail Recipe

If you want to try something new, the basil-ica cocktail is a good choice. There’s a distinct basil flavor that’s perfectly paired with a sweetened gin and elderflower mix in this cocktail, making it perfect for the spring and summer season. Christopher Milligan, a bartender from New Mexico, is the genius behind the recipe. Because Plymouth Gin’s fruity profile pairs so well with herbs in this cocktail, fresh basil is paired with Plymouth Gin instead of a London dry. A touch of elderflower and two bitters round off the flavor and bring it all into balance. A cilantro leaf wrapped in an orange twist is a unique finishing touch. Milligan suggests wrapping the basil leaf in an orange twist.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Basil-ica Cocktail Recipe is 5 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Basil-ica Cocktail Recipe is 217 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Basil-ica Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • Mixing Glass
  • Shaker
  • Strainer


  • Cocktail glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 5 large basil leaves, divided
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Plymouth Gin
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
  • Long orange twist, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  • Collect the required ingredients.
  • In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle 4 basil leaves, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  • Combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, and bitters in a mixing glass. Fill the container with ice.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass after shaking for 10 to 12 seconds.
  • Roll up the extra basil leaf, wrap it in the orange twist, and put it inside the glass as a garnish. Serve and have fun.

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