Lemon Basil Margarita

Lemon Basil Margarita

Contributor: Christine Pittman

Who said margaritas had to be just about lime? This one’s made with lemon. And what goes with lemon? Basil! We added it. It’s good.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 8 big fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce tequila


  1. Put the salt on a plate and use it to rim a highball or margarita glass. (Not sure how to rim a glass? Find out here).
  2. Into a bowl, squeeze all the juice out of the remainder of the lemon. Measure 1 ounce of juice into a cocktail shaker. Use your fingers to tear 6 of the basil leaves into the shaker. Add the simple syrup. Muddle everything around for at least a minute. Go on and pummel and bruise the basil leaves, really extracting all their flavor.
  3. Add the tequila and stir it around a bit. Add 1 cup of ice. Put the lid on the shake it. Sh-sh-shake it.
  4. Fill the salt-rimmed glass with ice. Tear in the remaining two basil leaves. Strain the tequila mixture over top of the basil and ice.