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Lillet-Basil Cocktail


For a bracing drink, Lillet -- an aperitif made with wine -- is shaken with basil, gin, orange juice, and tonic. It's served on the rocks, garnished with more basil, a cinnamon stick, and a cucumber spear.

  • Servings: 1

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2005


  • 1 cup ice, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup Lillet Blanc
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) gin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • Splash of tonic water
  • 1 cucumber spear, for garnish
  • 1 cinnamon stick, for garnish


  1. Put ice, Lillet, gin, orange juice, and basil in a cocktail shaker; shake well. Fill a glass with ice; strain mixture into glass. Add tonic water. Garnish with cucumber spear, cinnamon stick, and basil sprigs.

Cook's Notes

For an interesting twist, use sweet, fragrant cinnamon basil in this drink.

Reviews Add a comment

  • Liz Iz
    6 MAR, 2013
    fantabulous. made with fresh blood orange juice, regular basil and hendricks gin.
  • DrKatie24
    2 OCT, 2008
    We served this drink from pitchers at my wedding. We skipped the cucumber garnish and used vermouth in place of Lillet Blanc. It was a huge hit!