I’m not much of a gin drinker, as I find most people steer clear of this liquor anyway. But sometimes it just works in a cocktail and you can’t get the same flavor profile without using it. Hendricks for me is a personal favorite. It’s infused with cucumber and rose, giving it a very different flavor than other gins in my opinion. So when thinking up of yummy cocktails for the blog, using this gin with two of my other favorite flavors, basil and coconut, was a no brainer. To be honest though, this is not a traditional gimlet recipe. Gimlets are made with fresh lime juice and a little simple syrup. But this is a coconut version, so it’s kind of similar. Basically, just deal with it to entertain my drink naming skills, k?
This cocktail is refreshing, simple to make and impressive all at the same time. Something about garnishing a cocktail with a fresh basil leaf just makes everything better if you ask me. To make this cocktail, you just need a few ingredients. Gin, for any gimlet obviously, and you can also swap with vodka as a gimlet is interchangable with their liquor. Some coconut water and just a few fresh basil leaves. A gimlet is such a classic and can be served up or on the rocks. I think up is always so pretty, but this looks just as great in a rocks glass with a big piece of basil buried in the ice.
Coconut Basil Gin Gimlet Cocktail Recipe
- 2 ounces of Hendricks Gin
- 1 ounce of coconut water
- Basil leaves, torn
- Fill your shaker with ice
- Add your gin, coconut water and torn basil leaves to the shaker
- Shake until cold for 30-60 seconds
- Strain into a glass
- Garnish with basil leaves.