Basil Vespa

August 1, 2014
Basil Vespa

Author Notes: This cocktail is a rather alarming shade of green, but quite delicious. The recipe is inspired by a recent cocktail I had at Posto plus what you find on the internet if you Google "basil lemon cocktail." Laura

Serves: 1


Basil Lemon Syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

The cocktail

  • 1-2 tablespoons basil lemon syrup
  • 1 splash gin
  • 4-5 ounces Prosecco
In This Recipe


Basil Lemon Syrup

  1. Make simple syrup: combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Combine simple syrup, basil, and lemon juice in a blender. Puree until completely liquid. Strain to remove any leftover basil bits or lemon pulp.

The cocktail

  1. Combine basil lemon syrup and gin in a chilled wine glass or champagne flute.
  2. Fill with Prosecco and enjoy! Garnish with a lemon twist or basil sprig if you're feeling fancy.

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