Top 13 Cocktails With Basil to Try

The perfect basil drinks to make for your next cocktail.

Adding herbaceous basil takes drinks from sweet to complex, making it one of the best herbs to garnish or craft cocktails.

Alcoholic cocktail Basil smash with green basil, gin, sugar syrup, lemon juice and ice

The type of basil you add to a drink greatly affects the outcome. Some basils produce a sweet flavor, while others skew more spicy. Some cultivars have a bright, citrusy taste.

Cocktails with basil often incorporate fruit since the strong herbal flavors contrast the strong tones of sweet and tart.

Check out these delicious options using the herb in the recipes.


Any of these cocktails with basil make for exciting additions to any party, especially in spring and summer when it’s easier to find the herb fresh. They add complex flavor to drinks that otherwise might come off as one note.

If we missed your favorite cocktail using basil, let us know in the comments below!

Alcoholic cocktail Basil smash with green basil, gin, sugar syrup, lemon juice and ice

13 Basil Cocktail Recipes

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    Written by Paul Kushner

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