Cucumber Basil Gimlet


  • 1 English cucumber or 2-3 small lemon cucumbers
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz gin

Peel the cucumbers. Chop into chunks. Discard the peels.  Combine the basil, cucumber, lime, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle thoroughly.  Add ice and gin.  Close the cocktail shaker and shake until you start to see frost on the outside of the shaker. Drain the drink into a glass.

  • Fill a Collins glass, rocks glass, or sturdy wine glass with ice. 
  • Pour the Aperol over the ice, then gently pour the Prosecco down the side of the glass, taking care not to let it fizz up too much. 
  • Fill with soda to taste.

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