Looking for a great way to get in the mood? The Aromatic Arousal Cocktail (Basil Ginger Gin Gimlet) is made with basil and ginger, which are two of the strongest aromatic aphrodisiacs. This post is sponsored by Drizly and helps keep Food Above Gold ad free for your enjoyment! As always, all opinions are my own.
Note: This post was updated on August 15, 2018 with new content for your enjoyment.
This basil ginger gin gimlet has two very powerful aromatic aphrodisiacs. Take your time with this cocktail. Sip it slowly and let its alluring aromas tempt you. Even though this cocktail is shaken, the aromatic aphrodisiacs in it will certainly stir your loins.
What Is A Gimlet?
A Gimlet is a classic cocktail made with gin, lime juice, and soda water. It is usually served straight up or on the rocks in a coupe cocktail glass garnished with a lime wedge.
The type of lime juice used varies with taste. Originally, it was made with Rose’s Lime Cordial, which is sweetened. Recently, gimlets have become more tart and favor fresh lime juice instead.
Even though gin gimlets are traditional, a recent surge in vodka gimlets have become trendy. You can change any gin gimlet recipe into a vodka gimlet by just switching the liquor.
Tips For Making A Perfect Gin Gimlet
To make this gin gimlet perfectly sultry, become a master of these culinary skills first.
- What Are Aphrodisiacs and How Do They Work? Know how to use the Aromatic Arousal Cocktail to your advantage.
- How To Buy & Store Citrus. This cocktail uses fresh lime juice. Find out how to pick the best limes out there.
- Basic Guide To Citrus Juicers. My favorite juicer for cocktails is the juice press. Find out the different juicers out there and pick the right one for you.
- How To Buy & Store Fresh Herbs. Basil is an odd herb to keep fresh. Find out the best way to make your basil last so you get the most aromatic impact out of it.
- Simple Syrup 101. This cocktail is lightly sweetened with simple syrup. Get my favorite ratio and find out tips and tricks for keeping it from crystallizing.
Basil Ginger Gin Gimlet Recipe
Traditionally, gin gimlets are made with Navy Strength gin, which is 57% alcohol by volume instead of 40. The navy strength gin isn’t necessary for a good gimlet, but it will definitely give it a stronger gin flavor. This gin gimlet recipe uses simple syrup to sweeten it, instead of Rose’s lime juice. This gives you greater control for how sweet you want your gin gimlet to be. If you want it less sweet, start with half of the simple syrup.
To garnish your gin gimlet, 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.
Want a free printable grocery list for this gin gimlet recipe? Get it HERE.
Use this grocery list to help simplify shopping. Everything is listed in standard grocery store amounts. If no size is specified, even the smallest package will provide more than enough.
If you would like to check out some of our other seductive aphrodisiac recipes, here they are:
- 65+ Recipes with Two or More Aphrodisiacs
- Sexy Spices & Wildflower Honey Ice Cream
- Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs
Happy Cooking! 🙂
Basil Ginger Gin Gimlet (The Aromatic Arousal Cocktail)
- 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
- Cut the lime in half. Set one half aside and cut the other half into 2 thin rounds.
- In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle together the ginger, and one round of lime. Add in the basil and muddle until the basil leaves are wilted.
- Squeeze one half of the lime until it measures .5 oz of lime juice. If the lime half doesn't give you enough juice, juice what you didn’t cut into rounds.
- Pour the fresh lime juice, simple syrup and gin into the shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until the cocktail is very cold - about 15 seconds.
- Pour into a chilled coupe cocktail glass and garnish with the other lime round.