Basil and lemon martini

Basil and lemon martini
  • Serves icon Serves 1
  • Time icon 5 minutes

This martini is a cracker from the cocktail list at Theo Randall’s Italian restaurant in London’s InterContinental Hotel. Theo loves hurling basil into things – even the cocktails. And it works…


  • 11 small fresh basil leaves
  • Small handful of ice
  • 50ml gin (the small-batch stuff – have some respect)
  • 25ml limoncello
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup


  1. Muddle 10 of the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the ice, followed by the gin. Pour in the limoncello. Squeeze in the lemon juice.
  3. Add the sugar syrup. Shake, then strain into a champagne coupe and finish with a basil leaf. Fantastico!

Recipe By

Theo Randall


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