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.


  • 1 cup ice, plus more for serving

  • ½ cup Lillet Blanc

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) gin

  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

  • ¼ 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.

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