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Lemon & Basil Martini
© Wendell T. Webber

Lemon & Basil Martini

  • SERVINGS: Makes 1 driink

Public • Manhattan

Naren Young created this martini variation after tasting a lemon-and-basil sorbet at a restaurant. Sweet white vermouth emphasizes the basil's herbal quality, while limoncello and lemon juice give the drink a double-citrus punch.

  1. 3 basil leaves, plus 1 basil sprig
  2. 1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
  3. Ice
  4. 2 ounces gin
  5. 1/2 ounce limoncello
  6. 1/2 ounce bianco vermouth (sweet white vermouth)
  7. 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil leaves with the Simple Syrup. Add ice and all of the remaining ingredients except the sprig; shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the sprig.
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