I love experimenting (especially when it comes to reinventing classics) so here’s my take on a G&T cocktail, featuring fresh basil and cardamom. I’ve included links in the recipe to share what I like to use, but feel free to substitute wherever you need or want to!

Keep reading to find out how to make this super-refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail!

BTW, these are not affiliate links- I earn absolutely nothing through them, I’ve just placed them here for your reference!

You’re going to need:

  • A small bunch of fresh basil leaves (around 5 good sized leaves)
  • 5-7 cardamom pods
  • 45ml (~1.5 oz.) ginger cordial- I really like this one but you could substitute it for homemade ginger syrup if you prefer
  • 30ml (~1 oz.) fresh lemon juice/ half a lemon
  • 60ml (~2 oz.) dry gin- I use this non-alcoholic one from Gordon’s
  • Indian Tonic Water to pour over
  • Ice (for shaking and filling your glass)
  • A lemon wheel and a pinch of basil (for garnishing)
  • A cocktail shaker
  • Muddling stick
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Small sieve/strainer
  • A chilled Collins glass (any tall glass will do)

Follow these steps:

  1. In your cocktail shaker, pour in the cardamom pods and ginger cordial. Gently crush the cardamom until the seeds and fragrance are released.
  2. Add in your bunch of basil leaves and gently muddle. Be careful not to over stress the leaves so you avoid that bitter chlorophyll taste.
  3. Pour in your lemon juice and gin, before adding ice to your shaker. Shake briefly (hard and fast!) until the outside of your shaker is very cold/has condensation on it.
  4. Fill a tall glass with ice and double strain (with the Hawthorne strainer and sieve) your mix into the glass.
  5. Top up with tonic water. A good way of making sure the tonic water mixes properly with the base is to aim the tonic water onto the wall of the glass.
  6. Express the lemon oils (from the wheel) over and around the rim of the glass and drop the wheel in. Finish garnishing with a pinch of basil.

This recipe serves 2!

And there you have it! I’ve been making it for the family now it’s summer (if only the weather would remember that) and not to brag, but it’s a winner.

Comment below and let me know if you try this or what your remix would be!