Lemon, Basil, & Olive Martini

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Oh, what a trio!  I think you will love this combination.


In the spring my garden is bursting with fresh basil. I love it in just about everything. Pizzas, sauces, pesto, tarts, sprinkled on fresh tomatoes, you name it. So, why wouldn’t I like it in a martini? Well, guess what I do.

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Did you know that it is rumored that in 1933 when President Franklin Roosevelt repealed prohibition, he celebrated with a martini? Smart man.


This beautiful drink has all of the winning characteristics of an old fashioned classic martini.   It is crisp and dry. But, the herbal quality of the fresh basil just elevates it to new level.   As with any good martini, it is best if everything is well chilled before you begin.

Lemon, Basil, & Olive Martini
Crisp and fresh version of a classic martini.
Recipe type: Martini
  • 4-5 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • ½ ounce Lemon Juice
  • ½ ounce Olive Juice
  • 2 ounces Citrus Vodka
  • Olive, Basil and Lemon for Garnish
  1. Add basil, lemon juice and olive juice to a cocktail shaker. Crush basil with a muddler or wooden spoon. Let mixture set for a couple of minutes. Fill the shaker half full of ice. Add vodka. Cover and shake for 25-30 seconds until very cold. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon, olive and additional basil if desired.

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This would be delicious served with deviled eggs and smoked salmon to create a retro feel to your spread. Crostini with hummus would be great for nibbling.   Or maybe just a nice bowl of salty nuts.