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The Aromatic Arousal Cocktail (Basil Ginger Gimlet) – #SexyEats

February 9, 2017

Looking for a great way to get in the mood?  The The Aromatic Arousal Cocktail (Basil Ginger Gimlet) is made with two of the strongest aromatic aphrodisiacs, basil and ginger, which make it alluring and seductive.   This post is sponsored by Drizly and helps keep Food Above Gold ad free for your enjoyment!  As always, all opinions are my own. 

The Aromatic Arousal Cocktail (Basil Ginger Gimlet) is made with 2 of the strongest aromatic aphrodisiacs, which makes it alluring, seductive, and arousing.

Cocktails were supposed to be the last week of our month of aphrodisiacs, but I’m too excited about this one to wait.  Gimlets are one of my favorite cocktails out there and this Aromatic Arousal Cocktail (Basil Ginger Gimlet) has two very powerful aromatic aphrodisiacs.  Take your time with this cocktail…sip it slowly and allow the alluring aroma tempt you.

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The Aromatic Arousal Cocktail (Basil Ginger Gimlet) is made with 2 of the strongest aromatic aphrodisiacs, which makes it alluring, seductive, and arousing.

Basil Ginger Gimlet (The Aromatic Arousal Cocktail)

Traditionally, gimlets are made with Navy Strength gin, which is 57% alcohol by volume instead of 40.  You don’t need to go for the navy strength if you don’t want to, but it will definitely give your Basil Ginger Gimlet a stronger gin flavor.  Additionally, for a little extra impact from the basil, I recommend using a bud of basil and piercing you garnish lime round with it (pictured above).  This will help boost the aromatic impact of the basil.

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This grocery list has everything that you’ll need to make this Aromatic Arousal Cocktail (Basil Ginger Gimlet) recipe.  To help in making grocery shopping simple, each ingredient is listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts.  If there is no amount specified, that means that you can buy the smallest (or largest) container available and still have plenty left over.

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If you would like to check out some of our other seductive aphrodisiac recipes, here they are:

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The Aromatic Arousal Cocktail (Basil Ginger Gimlet) – #SexyEats

Even though this cocktail is shaken, the aromatic aphrodisiacs in it will certainly stir your loins.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 213 kcal
Author Mackenzie Ryan


  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger , peeled and sliced thinly
  • 5-6 large basil leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 oz gin


  1. Cut the lime in half. Set one half aside and cut the other half into 2 thin rounds. 

  2. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle together the ginger, and one slice of the lime. Add in the basil and muddle until the basil leaves are wilted.
  3. Squeeze one half of the lime until it measures .5 oz of lime juice. If that one half of the lime doesn't give you enough juice, use the rest of the other half that you didn't cut into rounds.
  4. Pour the fresh lime juice, simple syrup and gin into the shaker and fill with ice. Shake until the cocktail is very cold - about 15 seconds.
  5. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the other lime round.

Recipe Notes

The sweetness of this cocktail varies greatly depending on the simple syrup you are using.  If you don't like a sweeter cocktail, start with half the simple syrup and add more if needed.

Pre-chill the cocktail glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit for 5 minutes before use.

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  • Reply Deepika @EasyBabyMeals February 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    This recipe is amazing. I can really imagine the wonderful aroma of this cocktail. Thanks for sharing. I will give this a try soon.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 9, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      I hope you love it Deepika! It’s become a quick favorite in our household!

  • Reply Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry February 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Love the sound of this, ginger always spices up a drink. Having alcohol delivered is so easy rather than going to the supermarket

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 9, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Right?!?! It’s such a brilliant business. And I love that support your local community!

  • Reply Lisa | Garlic & Zest February 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    love basil and ginger together! This cocktail sounds like a real treat — and not too much liquor, which is a good thing for me…

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Not too much liquor – but if you use the Navy Strength gin, it will definitely feel like it has more than it does. 🙂

  • Reply Marisa Franca @ All Our Way February 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Well, hubby and I usual just have wine but I may just shake things up a bit and serve him this cocktail. ;-D I’ve always loved basil and ginger — I think they should make it into a perfume. Experimenting this weekend.

  • Reply Emily | OatandSesame February 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Ooo! This sounds intriguing! And I look forward to telling my husband he’s been served an Aromatic Arousal beverage. 🙂

  • Reply Mark, CompassandFork February 9, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Basil and ginger are a great combination and I can just imagine how good the aromatics around this cocktail are. Hand-made cocktails like this demonstrate real commitment to making a great drink.

  • Reply michele February 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    honestly I don’t know if I like the recipe for this drink or the fact people will deliver alcohol to my house… they are both pretty amazing ideas!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Right?!?! The good news is you can have both!!!

  • Reply Carol Borchardt February 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Ooohlala! I don’t know if this will put me in the mood or not, but it sure sounds amazing!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 16, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      At the very least, it will put you in the mood for more cocktails, right? 🙂

  • Reply J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all February 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I am loving this sexy series! The drink sounds like one I need to try as well as Drizly. I’ve never even heard of it but am checking it out today. And then this drink… I LOVE drinks with basil in it so I will be trying it out this weekend. I love your tip about piercing your lime with a basil bud. Genius!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 16, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you! Please let me know what you think when you try it! I hope it’s a hit!

  • Reply Reesa Lewandowski February 13, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I don’t drink gin much because I never know how to use it in a mixed drink. This looks delicious and what a flavor combo!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 16, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      This is a great way to become a gin lover, Reesa. It’s not too strong as to drown out the gin, but not so light as to feel like you’re drinking a sanitized hospital room.

  • Reply Amanda February 13, 2017 at 9:42 am

    What a great post, Mackenzie! Love the combination of basil and ginger, but I had no idea about their aphrodisiac quality. What a beautiful cocktail for Valentine’s Day! The Drizly service sounds fantastic too. I’ll have to check to see if I’m in one of their delivery zones!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 16, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      I hope you are so you can try them, Amanda. It’s such a wonderful service.

  • Reply Donna February 13, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I am going to have to wait a couple of weeks for this baby to come out, but I will be trying one for sure then! Sounds amazing, and has my favorite ingredients in there!!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 16, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      I remember being pregnant and dreaming about that first cocktail after delivery! I hope it lives up to the anticipation! (Also, I wish you a quick and easy delivery!)

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