Lemon Basil Margarita

Lemon Basil Margarita

June 6, 2014

It’s no tightly kept secret that I love margaritas. LOVE them. Something about the bite of tequila combined with citrus and some sweet and salty elements altogether make for one of my favorite cocktails. I have been making this margarita for years and it will probably always be my favorite but it’s not something that you can whip up in 5 minutes. It’s best when the ingredients are steeped for several hours so having the urge and getting that urge satisfied means a long period in between…enough time to change your mind! This Lemon Basil Margarita is like opposite day…made in minutes as long as you have the ingredients in the house. You know I have the booze but now I’ve got a pot of basil too and it was begging me to be used in a margarita. I have a Meyer lemon tree too but it’s not quite there yet!


When I was asked by the folks at Fresh Origins if I would like to sample some of their cocktail rimmers I’m sure it’s surprise, surprise that I said YES!! The delicate crispy, crunchiness and unique flavors are derived from whole fresh herbs and edible flowers combined with cane sugar.  They’re available online at Gourmet Sweet Botanicals and are a great tasting fun addition to your bar essentials! I had planned to garnish this Lemon Basil Margarita with it’s namesake ingredients of lemon and basil but the fun part was using the Basil Cocktail Rimmer. I combined the basil rimmer with my standard sugar/salt mixture because well, for me, a margarita NEEDS salt and it was perfect. Just like the basil in the cocktail; it was subtle but definitely there; a little unexpected surprise for your tastebuds.  I’ve also got a mini bottle of Hibiscus, Mint, Fennel, Cilantro and Rose; I promise they’ll be showing up again; they taste great and are such a pretty element too.

Lemon Basil Margarita

See…pretty huh? I thought so and as much as I love my old girl this Lemon Basil Margarita is closing in behind!

Lemon Basil Margarita
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Simple syrup is a combination of sugar and water that has been heated enough for the sugar to melt and then chilled before using. If you are going to start making your own cocktails, I advise making a batch to keep on hand. One half cup sugar and one half cup water until water boils and you can no longer see the sugar crystals; then cool and keep in fridge. It keeps a long time and is easier than making a small amount each time you craft a cocktail.
  • 1½ oz Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 3 Basil Leaves
For Garnish:
  • Sugar/salt combination for the rim
  • Lemon slice
  • Basil leaf
  1. Rim the glass with a combination of sugar and salt or if using the Fresh Origins botanicals a combination of half sugar/salt mixture and half botanicals.
  2. Tear the basil and combine it in a shaker with the rest of the ingredients. Add ice; shake well and then pour into an ice filled rocks glass over a strainer. Garnish with basil and a lemon wheel.
Cook time only if you are making simple syrup.

I was provided with samples of the Fresh Origins Cocktail Rimmers however all commentary is my own.

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1 Paula June 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Another year has passed and I remain a margarita virgin! You’ve made some wonderful ones and I really don’t know what is holding me back from trying them. Being able to sit with you and enjoy a few together perhaps :)
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2 Creative Culinary June 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

C’mon woman…just do it! You will not regret it I promise.


3 Sara @ Saucy Dipper June 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Yes, very pretty. Love the idea of creative rimmers. Only a few more weeks and I can enjoy happy hour again!!!! Margaritas are first on my list!
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4 miss messy June 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

What a delicious combination! This looks brilliant! I need more margaritas in my life for sure!
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5 sippitysup June 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

‘Rita’ is worth the wait. Keep on steepin’. GREG


6 Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things June 7, 2014 at 12:24 am

Cocktail rimmers, how interesting!


7 Jennifer June 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm

This sounds delicious. Where can we get those cool cocktail rimmers as I would love to try them? They look sooooo yummy!
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8 Creative Culinary June 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

They’re sold here Jennifer: http://shop.gourmetsweetbotanicals.com/Specialty-Products_c6.htm – I love that they’re made from fresh herbs and flowers but can’t deny I love the colors too!


9 Abbe@This is How I Cook June 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Now this looks really good. And I just bought a giant pot of basil at Trader Joes for $2.99! I think I am going to get another, too! And those rimmers are really cool. Where can they be found? I am so ready to sip one of these!
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10 Creative Culinary June 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

They’re sold at http://shop.gourmetsweetbotanicals.com/Specialty-Products_c6.htm Abbie; really fun little gems.


11 Karen Harris June 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

This cocktail takes me back to a trip to Italy years ago. We had a limoncello basil martini like cocktail that was to die for. Ahhhh, memories. Maybe it is time to make some new ones and mix up your recipe. This looks so good.


12 Ansh June 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

Oh Gorgeousness!! Tangy and refreshing. I know I would love it. Beautiful beautiful Photo.
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13 John@Kitchen Riffs June 6, 2014 at 9:42 am

You have a Meyer lemon tree in Colorado? Wow, you have a wonderful green thumb! And you mix a mean Margarita. One of my favorite drinks, too. Those rimmers do look interesting. Anyway, cool drink — thanks.
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14 Creative Culinary June 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

It’s in a pot John; a friend in GA has one that survives being taken in and out so thought I would give it a try. I just got it this spring but it’s outside on the patio now and it’s got new leaves! My green thumb will be the death of me. I spent this week digging up everything the landscaper for the builder put in when I realized they did not prep the soil or remove any of the compacted root ball. I might have sort of repositioned a few things too. Without HOA permission…wish me luck. My neighbor says, ‘I don’t ask for permission, I ask for forgiveness.’ Think I’ll make that my motto too! :)


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