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Strawberry Basil Gin Rickey

This strawberry basil gin rickey is the perfect summertime cocktail! Not too sweet, filled with strawberry basil flavor, and a breeze to make! You’ll love this simple cocktail recipe!

Strawberry Basil Gin Rickey in a glass.

Is it full-on summer where you live?

Here in North Carolina, the temperature is up and it’s time for summer!

This delicious strawberry basil gin rickey is just what you need!

Slightly sweet, not too boozy, and just the right amount of fizzy from the added sparkling water.

Trust me, if you’re in a cocktail mood this is the drink for you!

I like to garnish my drink with sliced strawberries and fresh herbs but it’s up to you how fancy you want to get with the garnishes.

Plus, this drink is made with my homemade strawberry basil simple syrup!

Strawberry Basil Gin Rickey in a glass pitcher.

Ingredients for strawberry basil gin rickey

  • Strawberry basil simple syrup This delicious homemade simple syrup is the perfect summertime ingredient twist to the gin rickey cocktail.
  • Gin – I like to use a nice dry gin as that is what I typically have on hand. However, most gins will work well here because they are already very botanical in flavor.
  • Fresh lime juice – Just a touch to bring acidity and to cut any sweetness from the simple syrup.
  • Sparkling water – Use plain sparkling water to add a refreshing fizz to the cocktail. You can also use Club Soda, seltzer water, or sparkling mineral water.
  • Ice – Helps keep the drink cold and delicious.
  • Garnishes – make it fancy or keep it simple! I like to use sliced strawberries, fresh mint leaves, or fresh basil as garnishes.
Strawberry Basil Gin Rickey in a glass with ice.

Best gin to use

Gin is a pretty botanical liquor so it works well in a cocktail made with a herbed simple syrup.

I typically keep dry gins on hand but you can easily use a more floral gin if that is what you have.

A great starter gin is Bombay Sapphire which can easily be found at most liquor stores.

How to make in advance

You can make these cocktails in advance by preparing the strawberry basil simple syrup and putting together all the ingredients in a pitcher besides the ice and sparkling water.

Before serving pour it over ice and top with sparkling water.

Making it for a party

Want to make this cocktail for a party?

The recipe in the post is for 2 cocktails so you’ll want to multiply the recipe ingredients for however much you want to make.

I recommend waiting to add the ice and fizzy water until you’re ready to serve so the fizz does not go away before serving.

Strawberry Basil Gin Rickey served with sliced strawberries.

Storage and leftovers

This recipe only makes 2 cocktails so if you’re looking to only make just cut the ingredients in half!

The simple syrup will last for 2 weeks stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Strawberry Basil Gin Rickey served in 2 glasses.

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Strawberry Basil Gin Rickey

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This strawberry basil gin rickey is the perfect summertime cocktail! Not too sweet, filled with strawberry basil flavor, and a breeze to make! You'll love this simple cocktail recipe!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails



  • In a small pitcher combine the strawberry basil simple syrup, gin, and lime juice.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add the ice and top with the sparkling water.
  • Serve immediately and serve with your desired garnishes – fresh berries, mint, or basil.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 138g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 131g
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword basil gin rickey, cocktail recipes, easy summer cocktail, gin rickey, strawberry basil gin rickey, strawberry cocktail recipes, strawberry gin rickey, summer cocktail
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

Recipe Rating


Thursday 19th of May 2022

My friends love gin... Now they love it even more, lol. Great cocktail recipe, thanks!


Wednesday 18th of May 2022

This cocktail looks amazing! Love the strawberry basil syrup!


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