This easy-drinking basil cocktail made with limonata, cucumber vodka, seltzer, and basil could not be any simpler or more refreshing and is perfect for before, during or after a meal!

Limonata basil cocktail in a coupe glass with cucumber and basil garnish.

Basil Cocktails For Spring

Spring has arrived in New York, and with it the increased desire for lighter fare, and drink.   This basil vodka cocktail incorporates garden-fresh flavors and promises of warmer days to come and is lower in alcohol making it easy to drink.  I love adding herbs to cocktails, and basil is one of those that is often underutilized, or overlooked in this category.

If you also like using herbs in drinks, check out our Sparkling Lemon Thyme cocktail.

Basil Vodka Cocktail Or Lemon Basil Martini?

We struggled with naming this cocktail but sometimes it is just better to call it like it is!  This is a basil vodka cocktail but if you are having a gathering, such as a brunch, and want to give it a fancier name, go for it!  Try calling it a Lemon Basil Martini, or even a Garden Martini.   And you could easily drop the vodka entirely and make it a Lemon Basil Mocktail!

Type Of Vodka?

I first began making this drink several years ago after picking up a bottle of Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka.  A friend of mine had mentioned that she likes combining this vodka with Pellegrino Limonata, lime juice and basil.  Since we usually have basil and limonata in the house, this is something that can be made at any time with very little prep.

I strongly recommend using a cucumber flavored vodka, such as Crop, Prairie or Effen, however, if you are opposed to the flavor of cucumbers, you could certainly use a lemon flavored, or plain vodka.  And as mentioned earlier, drop the alcohol entirely and you have a delicious mocktail.

How To Make The Limonata Basil Cocktail

As always, the first step is to gather your ingredients.

For this basil vodka drink, we used:

  • Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka
  • Lime Seltzer
  • Limonata
  • Basil
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Orange Bitters (completely optional)
  • Ice

Ingredients for basil vodka cocktail - limonata, cucumber vodka, seltzer, basil, cucumber and orange bitters.

The tools we used  included a jigger, muddler, cocktail shaker, strainer, and coupe glass.

Limonata basil cocktail process shot collage.

  1. Begin by slicing cucumbers, and lemon.
  2. Add the slices to the cocktail shaker, along with a few basil leaves and begin to muddle them together.
  3. Then, add the vodka and ice and give it a good shake for about 20 seconds.
  4. Strain and pour into a coupe glass and top with the seltzer and limonata, and a dash of the orange bitters, if you’re using.
  5. Finish by garnishing with a cucumber slice, and a basil leaf.

Placing the cucumber and basil garnish in the cocktail.

If you prefer your drinks on the rocks, use a rocks glass and fill with ice prior to pouring.  I’d recommend serving it on the rocks if going the mocktail route.

Finished cocktail on table with two more in background.

That’s it!  It really is that simple to make, and the gorgeous light green/slightly yellow hue makes me think of fresh, new springtime grass!

What To Serve With The Limonata Basil Cocktail

As I mentioned earlier, this drink could work for before, during and after a meal, but here are some ideas:

And if you like this cocktail, check out our other Cucumber flavored cocktails:


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Limonata Basil Cocktail

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 3 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 6 minutes
Servings: 1
Delicious, light and refreshing cocktail that combines basil, limonata, seltzer, cucumber and vodka flavors. 


  • 2 oz Pellegrino Limonata
  • 2 oz Seltzer (we used Lime flavored)
  • 2 oz Cucumber flavored vodka
  • 3 leaves Basil (save 1 for garnish)
  • 2 slices Lemon
  • 3 slices Cucumber (save 1 for garnish)
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ice


  • Add lemon slices, cucumber slices and basil leaves to a cocktail shaker and muddle ingredients together.
  • Add Vodka and ice.  Shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain and pour into a coupe glass, or over ice into a rocks glass.
  • Add the Limonata and seltzer.  Also, add orange bitters to the top, if using.
  • Garnish with a basil leaf and cucumber slice.  Serve immediately, and enjoy!


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 4.8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this recipe with plain vodka (Tito’s) instead of cucumber flavored – very light and refreshing! Great recipe!

  2. Hello!
    Can I make this with lime vodka instead of cucumber? Or does it make all the difference?
    Thanks in advance!