Gimlet Cocktail

Makes 1 cocktail


Basil Spotlight™ Oil:

2 cups fresh basil, packed

¾ cup Spotlight™ Oil

⅛ tsp salt

Spotlight™ Oil Washed Gin:

10 oz gin of choice

(we recommend Hendrick’s, Junipero, Freeland)

4 oz of Spotlight™ Oil

Simple Syrup:

½ cup sugar

½ cup water


2.5 oz Spotlight™ Oil washed gin, night before

5 basil leaves, muddled

10 drops of Basil Spotlight™ Culinary Oil

¾ oz fresh lime juice

¾ oz simple syrup

1 oz aquafaba

Garnish: basil leaf + drops of Basil

Spotlight™ Oil


martini glass, served up without ice


Spotlight™ Oil Washed Gin:

Make this the night before, it makes 4 drinks: combine 10 oz gin of choice with 4 oz of Spotlight™ Oil to a mason jar with lid. Shake mixture then add to freezer and let sit overnight (the fat will solidify). Pour mixture through a cheesecloth to remove fat particles and solid oil. Set aside and use when ready, will make 4 cocktails at 2.5 oz each.

Basil Spotlight™ Oil:

Add basil, Spotlight™ Oil, and salt to a blender and blend on high for about 30 to 45 seconds.Transfer to a small saucepan and simmer on medium for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool slightly then strain over a fine mesh strainer. Allow to cool completely before using.


Makes ½ cup = 4 oz (x4, 1 oz dropper bottles) = ~450 drops


Simple syrup: on medium to low heat add sugar and water and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Add basil to the shaker and muddle. Then add Spotlight™ Oil washed gin, basil oil, lime juice, simple syrup, and aquafaba to the shaker and dry shake (shake without ice) vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Then add ice to the shaker and shake for an additional 30 seconds, vigorously! Strain through a fine strainer into martini glass. Garnish with drops of basil oil around the top of the drink and a basil leaf.