Photo: Buff Strickland; Styling: Olga Naiman Photo by: Photo: Buff Strickland; Styling: Olga Naiman

Basil Tonics

Vodka, fresh basil, simple syrup, and tonic water are all you need for these refreshingly easy cocktails.  They're also a wonderful way to use basil leaves from an herb garden.

Coastal Living SEPTEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Makes 1 serving
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes


  • 2 cups good-quality vodka
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil
  • Simple syrup
  • Tonic water
  • Garnish: sliced limes, basil leaves


1. Combine first 2 ingredients in a glass container. Crush basil gently with a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon to release flavor. Cover and set aside, out of direct sunlight, 2 days. Strain.

2. Pour 2 ounces (1/4 cup) basil-infused vodka in a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Stir in 1 tablespoon or desired amount simple syrup. Top with 3 to 5 ounces tonic water. Garnish, if desired.


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