Recipe | Basil Cucumber Martini

Hey again peeps! I’m really behind in editing my Euro summer trip pics so I apologize for the delay; my travel pictures should be up anytime next week. Meanwhile, I am continuing to share little things that inspired me during my trip, here, on the blog.

Basil Cucumber Martini Recipe | FrenchByDesign

We stopped a few days in the French capital, and stayed at the Mama Shelter Paris hotel – by the way, they just opened one in Los Angeles. After a long day of walking and exploring, we left the girls to rest in their room and went downstairs to the hotel bar to grab a drink. There, the bartender prepared me a basil and cucumber Martini*, and I literally died. I’ve been having this thing with cucumber lately – I mentioned this morning that my new shower scent obsession was cucumber mint, but I never would have thought of associating cucumber and basil in a single cocktail; this drink made me change my mind : so refreshing and nothing like I had ever tasted before. So, of course, I investigated, played the chemist in my kitchen and voilà! I am sharing the recipe with you for you to try. I can guarantee you that this cocktail will be the talk of your next hosting party.

Basil Cucumber Martini Recipe | FrenchByDesign

What you need :

  • 1 cucumber to make cucumber juice
  • 8 to 10 fresh basil leaves to make basil simple syrup
  • 3 measures of cucumber juice [tutorial below]
  • 1/2 measure of basil simple syrup [tutorial below]
  • 2 measures of vodka
  • 1 measure of cointreau – you can use triple sec if you prefer
  • 1 lime, juiced

Basil Cucumber Martini Recipe | FrenchByDesign

Steps :

Basil Simple Syrup : 

Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 a cup of water and 1/2 a cup of basil leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to simmer on medium heat and stir occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely before transferring to a resealable container.  


Cucumber Juice : 

Peel one cucumber and use a food processor – I used my NutriBullet and added a bit of water – to obtain a puree. Pour into a bowl using a strainer to block the solids and get only the liquid. Press the retained solids with a spoon to get as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids and keep the juice. 


Cocktail :

Combine some ice cubes, the basil syrup, cucumber juice, lime, vodka, cointreau in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into serving glasses – you can add ice cubes – and decorate with basil leaves and a slice of cucumber. Voilà!


Do you have an original signature cocktail using uncommon ingredients to share with me? Cheers and a happy weekend to you all! Xo, Si-


* Please drink responsibly

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7 thoughts on “Recipe | Basil Cucumber Martini

  1. Very much intrigued by a cucumber Martini. I can’t wait to try it this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! XOX

  2. ¡Fantástica receta! Fácil de realizar con un resultado delicioso y espectacular. Gracias por compartirla con todos/as.

    1. While the original definition of a martini involves gin or vodka with vermouth, martinis today tend to involve cocktails made with vodka or gin, even without vermouth. Xx, Si-

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