Basil Daiquiri Recipe

Basil Daiquiri Recipe

[Photograph: Christine Tsai]

This summer refresher from Heather Herman of The Trilby in New York City is bright and tart, with the added complexity of basil. We'd happily drink it by the pitcher.

If you don't have Pyrat Rum XO Reserve, substitute another aged rum, such as Ron Zacapa.

  • Yield:1
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 6 basil leaves
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Pyrat Rum XO Reserve
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/4 ounce Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
  • Garnish: lime wheel


  1. 1.

    Lightly muddle basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and Maraschino. Shake well.

  2. 2.

    Fill a rocks glass with fresh ice. Strain cocktail into serving glass using a Hawthorne strainer. Garnish with lime wheel and serve.