Basil Lillet Kamikaze

Lillet is aperitif made with wine and is the flavor foundation in this Kamikaze styled beverage shaken with basil, gin and orange juice. 

Basil Lillet Kamikaze 

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serves 1


  • 1 cup ice cubes, plus more for each glass
  • ½ cup lillet blanc
  • 2 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup whole basil leaves, plus small sprigs, for garnish
  • 1 ounce tonic water
  • cucumber spears for garnish


Pre-mix the appropriate amount for the number of cocktails you are making of Lillet, gin, orange juice, and whole basil leaves in to a pitcher. Let the mixture sit at least 30 minutes to infuse. 

When ready to serve make each Kamikaze individually by adding 1 cup ice cubes to a shaker and 3 or 4 ounces of the infused Lillet mixture per cocktail. Cover and shake well.

Strain the Kamikaze into a ice filled glass and top with a splash of tonic water. Garnish with a cucumber spear and serve.