Martini Basilica: Late Summer Basil Bliss

The Martini Basilica was a go-to summer cocktail when Rob and his wife frequented their favorite restaurant in Boulder. Sadly, the restaurant is no longer there but Rob saved the recipe and graciously shared it with us (and by extension, you).

This easy-to-make drink doesn’t require a lot of special ingredients but does involve some bar tools (cocktail shaker, muddler, and a strainer). If you’re missing a bartender kit, they sell them cheap on amazon.


  • One lemon
  • 4-5 basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 3 oz of vodka
  • Dash of grapefruit bitters
  • Ice


  1. Place a cocktail glass in the freezer
  2. Squeeze lemon into a cocktail shaker
  3. Muddle basil leaves in the lemon juice
  4. Add simple syrup, vodka, and grapefruit bitters
  5. Shake contents vigorously
  6. Retrieve glass from freezer and strain contents
  7. Garnish with a slice of lemon


  1. If you can boil water, you can make your own simple syrup at home! Just add equal parts water and sugar (e.g. 1/2 cup of water + 1/2 cup of granulated sugar), to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and wait for it to cool down. You can store the leftover syrup for up to 1 month.
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