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A lemon basil vodka martini in a coupe glass on a wooden coaster garnished with lemon and basil.

The Best Lemon Basil Vodka Martini

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  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This lemon basil vodka martini is a bright, refreshing cocktail perfect for warm summer days. The herbaceous basil brilliantly compliments the zesty lemon for a fresh twist on a classic cocktail! 


Units Scale
  • 2 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3-4 basil leaves
  • ice
  • Sliced lemon wheels for garnish


  • Add the basil leaves, simple syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Muddle the basil leaves until they are very bruised and torn. It should smell like basil.
  • Add a handful of ice to the cocktail shaker along with the vodka.
  • Shake well for 15-20 seconds until chilled.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a basil leaf. Enjoy!


  • If you don't have a cocktail shaker simply use a a mason with with a lid!
  • You can use a wooden spoon to muddle the basil if you don't have a cocktail muddler.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best taste. Bottled lemon juice does not work for this drink.