Mixology: Basil Gin Lemonade

With Memorial Day just around the corner, we’re rolling up our sleeves with a completed outdoor space and grill to celebrate. There’s something about the classic days of summer and to keep your grill classic and inspired,  I’ve collaborated with 50 other recipe bloggers from around the country to give you the best virtual cookout we can think of. When I think of summer in the South, I think of light nights, walks around the pond, and refreshing pitchers of lemonade, to bring a bit of relief to the thick humidity. This adult version, adds the crisp bite of gin and a kick of basil.

Keep reading for the full recipe and paired music for this drink!

Basil Gin Lemonade

Serves: One cocktail


  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 4 sprigs of fresh basil
  • 3 oz gin
  • sparkling water
  • rounds of lemon and basil for garnish
  • 4-5 large ice cubes


Using a juicer, juice lemons. Pour into a highball glass and set to the side. In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Over high heat, let sugar dissolve and stir. Once sugar is dissolved, add sprigs of basil and let steep for 10 minutes. Once cool, add 2 T to cocktail. Stir in lemon juice. Add ice. Using jigger, measure out gin. (If you want to make it extra cold, add everything from the glass to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 1 minute.) Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil and a few rounds of fresh lemon. Add a straw and enjoy!

Cheers to a long and wonderful summer!

50 recipes for the perfect summer get-together! Whether you're planning a barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party, check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to go with your BBQ! #greatbloggerBBQ

50 recipes for the perfect summer get-together! Whether you're planning a barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party, check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to go with your BBQ! #greatbloggerBBQ


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  • Goodness! This Basil Gin Lemonade is like the classic lemonade of our childhoods on steroids… and I cannot wait to give it a try because it sounds SO refreshing and crisp and perfect for a hot day.

    Thanks so much for participating in the Great Blogger BBQ with us today! This has been SO much fun!

    • Thank you so much Erin! It has been so fun today. I’m excited to grill out this weekend and give a few new recipes a try. Hope you have an amazing holiday weekend celebrating with friends.