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Thirsty Thursday featuring Basil Vodka Orange Lime Tonic

Posted on June 21st, 2012  |  8 Comments

Have I told you about basil vodka? Yes? Oh yeah… I did.

Wellll… please let me tell you again.

Basil vodka must exist if you drink vodka. It’s adds this untouchable (but totally tasteworthy) peppery bite, almost spicy – but not. It also masks that rubbing alcohol flavor that you may or may not have experienced one bad college night (or morning.)

Basically, what I’m trying to say here, is that I won’t go back.

Plain vodka won’t suffice, and flat-out, it doesn’t even compare to the infused stuff.

Infusing is easy. See above. I estimate about 5-6 leaves per drink, so I shoved a handful in there and filled it up. I’m all about precision over here. The leaves can sit for 10 minutes, or overnight; the intensity increases but never overpowers – unlike it’s herby friend mint.

Orange and lime are bountiful in mi casa, so you can see I really thought out of the box for this one. In all truth, I ran out of grapefruit. Surprisingly, this baby tastes similar, but is naturally sweeter, so no need for any simple syrup, sugar granules, or messy coconut palm sugar <– that stuff is viscous!

There’s not much else to say… except, have you made your own basil vodka yet?


Have you ever infused anything? Any favorite blends?

I once mad saffron infused vodka- it sat for 2 weeks- was the coolest color and held a pretty rad taste.


Basil Vodka Orange Lime Tonic Drink

by The Talking Kitchen

Prep Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients (2 drinks)

  • 12 basil leaves
  • 3-4 oz vodka
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6-8 oz tonic
  • Ice

Simplified Version

  • 1 part basil infused vodka
  • 1 part orange/lime juice
  • 2 parts tonic
  • Ice


First, infuse the vodka, do this by pouring the vodka into a cup and adding the basil, set aside- you can leave this overnight and then take out the leaves.

Juice the orange and lime over a strainer to catch the pulp.

Fill 2 glasses with ice, add half of both the infused vodka and fruit grapefruit juice to each. Finish with tonic.

Stir and enjoy!

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8 Responses

  1. Ana Cooks says:

    Ok…i surrender!
    Now i just can’t wait for friday night to try this delicious drink!

  2. I’ve never infused anything, but this is tempting! Basil vodka sounds awesome.

  3. candice says:

    This sounds brilliant. I am defiantly making this over the weekend. My basil is going crazy, and Im pretty much at home by myself with the kids…so who doesn’t need a new excuse to make a drink?!!
    I infuse mint into my citrus rum all the time for my mojitos, and have made a homemade limoncello too…made with everclear…eii. But it was great.
    Right now, im working on a recipe for a strawberry thyme preserves…wanting to do lots more with the herbs in the garden. But that sounds good as a drink too hmm.

    • lafig says:

      what a great idea for mojitos! I have tons of herbs too that need to be used up… I was thinking herb risotto, but preserves sound interesting…

  4. Eileen says:

    I infuse all kinds of things, but never basil–I definitely have to give that one a try now that it’s summer. :) I just started a batch of plum schnapps last night!

  5. I love the pictures. Very nice cocktail.

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