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  1. What if you don't drink alcohol?
  2. Rosemary Basil Gin and Soda Recipe

Whatever happened to the classy cocktail hour: a time to relax after a long day, sipping and enjoying a fresh drink? Well, it’s high time we bring that wonderful hour of bygone eras back don’t you think?! Recently, I’ve started cultivating (and enjoying) some drink creations of my own. With spring on the horizon, the itch for refreshing drinks has begun. For me, it’s high past time to rid my palate of the mundane and boring and liven it up with this rosemary basil gin and soda.

At my farm, I’m continually looking for ways to use herbs in different ways around the kitchen. In my honest opinion (although I may be slightly biased since I love my garden), herbs are simply too underutilized in all aspects of life. Complete with resilient fresh flavors, herbs are perfect for the infusion in…well, anything! Thankfully, this spring I’ve imagined this gin and soda that uses a smattering of those terrific herbs!

Glass filled with rosemary basil gin fizz with hand holding the glass with lemon wedge and herbs in glass with wood board underneath.

Nothing evokes spring like a high-quality gin. By itself, gin has an almost earthy, but oh-so-crisp flavor. I love Henrick’s Gin for its quality and superior taste. A better quality liquor really does make a difference when mixing a great cocktail.

What if you don’t drink alcohol?

Remember: it’s not necessary to use alcohol in this drink. If you prefer a nonalcoholic thirst-quencher, simply add a touch more club soda. The “kick” won’t be there, but it will be just as satisfying!

Two glasses filled with clear gin fizz liquid with lemon wedges and herbs stuck in glass sitting on wood board with small bowl of peanuts beside and alcohol container in background.

This gin and soda is truly a refreshing lemonade of sorts. The herbs provide a special finish that may seem daunting to try. But trust me: once you venture out on this limb, you’ll want to make this drink again and again.

Also, make sure to try out my blackberry mojito recipe if that’s more your style!

Start pouring!

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Two glasses filled with clear gin fizz liquid with lemon wedge and herbs sitting in glass sitting on wood board with small bowl filled with nuts.

Rosemary Basil Gin and Soda

5 from 6 votes
This gin and soda is flavored with basil and rosemary to create a fresh, summertime cocktail! Complete with bubbles, it’s such a refreshing drink!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 serving


For the rosemary basil-infused simple syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 6-8 basil leaves

For the gin fizz

  • 2 oz rosemary basil-infused simple syrup (see above)
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • club soda as desired


For the simple syrup

  • Combine all ingredients in a kettle and bring to boil. Turn to low heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
    ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar, 3 sprigs rosemary, 6-8 basil leaves
  • Strain syrup and cool before using. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the gin and soda

  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour in glasses. Top with club soda.
    2 oz rosemary basil-infused simple syrup (see above), 2 oz gin, 1 oz lemon juice, club soda


  • The rosemary basil simple syrup makes approximately four servings.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 14.4gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13.6mgPotassium: 35.5mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 13.1gVitamin A: 1.8IUVitamin C: 11.1mgCalcium: 7.1mgIron: 0.1mg
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Mixing

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  1. How big is a “sprig” of rosemary? Three inches? Four inches? How big are the basil leaves? Those can vary widely, as I’m sure you know. A video would be helpful so we could see what sizes you are using and then I could adjust as needed to get roughly the same strength herbal simple syrup. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious, refreshing, light, cocktail. I loved the infused simple syrup, and definitely see more of these in my hand this summer. Cheers!

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite cocktails, and I enjoy it not only in the summer but year round! I just love the rosemary basil infused simple syrup – it’s so refreshing and unique. The simple syrup is easy to make and I always have it in my fridge ready to go!