Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet

This refreshing summer cocktail was another way to use my beautiful basil and special homegrown cucumbers from a friend. There is still time to enjoy one! 🙂

This recipe was adapted from It is an adaptation of a classic gin gimlet which is composed of gin, lime juice and simple syrup.

Yield: One cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka or gin
  • 2 1/4-inch slices cucumber, peeled
  • 2 fresh basil leaves. plus more for garnish
  • 1 ounce lemonade
  • 1/4 to 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, to taste
  1. Muddle the basil and cucumber in a shaker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice and shake.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with a basil leaf. Serve.

Giant Lemonade-Watermelon “Ice” Cubes


An article in the New York Times sparked this idea- but this was a much simpler take on the refreshing thought of frozen pureed watermelon. My only ice-cube tray has HUGE wells, so I made HUGE lemonade-watermelon ice cubes! We put them in seltzer water and in lemonade. The giant ice cubes took such a long time to melt that they kept the drinks nice and cold. Nice on a hot day. Slushy when melted. 🙂

  • 5 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup lemonade  (simple syrup could also be used)

In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemonade. Freeze until firm. Enjoy in lemonade or seltzer.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,292 other followers

Recipe Categories

my foodgawker gallery
my photos on tastespotting

Top Posts & Pages

Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Bread Machine Brioche
Buttermilk-Poblano Gravy
Herb-Scented Mashed Potatoes
Chicken Stew with Biscuits
Rick Bayless' Classic Mexican Fried Beans with Onions & Garlic
Skillet Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic & Balsamic Vinegar
One-Pan Shrimp Scampi with Orzo
Crusty Sourdough Rolls
Portuguese Rolls
Foodista Food Blog of the Day Badge
%d bloggers like this: