Blended Basil Martini

 Blended Basil Martini

I have never liked gin so I don’t ever really drink martinis. When I recently went to Lincoln City with my sisters, we tried the most amazing blended basil martinis at a restaurant called Kyllos. I was quite nervous to try one because of my dislike for gin but it was absolutely AMAZING. The basil/lime flavor is so strong that you don’t even notice the gin.  ;-). We all loved them so much we went back a couple of nights later for another round. Thankfully the bartender told me the ingredients and I played around with them until it tasted like the basil martini at the restaurant. Refreshing, delicious, and my new favorite drink!


How to Make a Blended Basil Martini

Combine in a blender, ice cubes, basil leaves, gin, lime juice, and simple syrup together.

Blend until completely blended and slushy. Pour into a martini glass and serve with a lime wedge. Enjoy.


Blended Basil Martini

Blended Basil Martini

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Cocktail / Beverage
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Inspired by Kyllos Restaurant



  • 1 cup of ice
  • 5 large basil leaves or more to taste
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 ½ oz Rose's lime juice or fresh lime juice should work too
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup
  • Lime wedges


  • Combine in a blender, ice cubes, basil leaves, gin, lime juice, and simple syrup together.
  • Blend until completely blended and slushy.
  • Pour into a martini glass and serve with a lime wedge. Enjoy.
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  1. It’s a pretty color in a pretty glass. It’s always nice to be able to duplicate something you enjoyed, especially when it’s attached to nice memories like your weekend with your sisters.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these the other night thanks to your blog…. Since it was the middle of the week, my husband and I split one. He had never tried these before, and really enjoyed the refreshing taste. Thanks for measurement!s… we’ll be making these often!

    1. Hi Candace,

      We asked the bartenders the same thing and they said that it just doesn’t taste as good. We trusted them and it was delicious. I haven’t tried it with vodka but would love to hear how it turns out if you try.


    2. Absolute Citron is the Best in place of Gin if you do decide to try another would be the New Lime flavor

  3. Pam
    Thank You for your beautiful web site. I’m so happy a costumer of mine had told me about how she stumbled online searching Kyllos famous Martini and found a link to your web page. Basil Martini has been one of my signature drinks to Kyllos extended list of yummy cocktails for going on 8+ years. Thanks again for sharing!!

  4. 5 stars
    Sounds like a great drink from your experience , i would love to try on a Friday evening.the colouor also looks appealing to the eyes.

  5. 5 stars
    My husband and I love this refreshing drink! Our basil did very well this year, so we have made it a few times. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    I had my first basil martini at Kyllos and googled it to find the recipe. I was SO delighted that your recipe was inspired by the same drink at Kyllos. One of the best cocktails I have ever tasted! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Trish,

      That’s where I had my first basil martini too. It was SO DELICIOUS I had to try to re-create it at home. I’m glad you like the recipe.


  7. Hello!! So happy I found this recipe! Kyllos is one of my all time favorites and would always order the Basil Martini. I unfortunately didn’t have the gin in my cupboard, so settled for vodka. Turned out fantastic. Thank you again.

  8. 5 stars
    Summer is almost gone and wanting to use up my basil and wanted to recreate the cocktail from this exact place that I had years ago.
    Pretty similar but I just should have blended longer. Thanks for asking the bar tender the recipe, I never did and regretted.

  9. So funny! My sister and I had the same EXACT experience at Kyllo’s and were sitting here trying to find a recipe. It’s SOOOO good!

  10. 5 stars
    My husband and I were just at Kyllos and had their basil martini and I immediately searched for a recipe!! Thank you so much for putting this together. It’s everything the bartender said was in it!