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Cucumber-Basil Margherita

Servings: 2 (yields enough syrup for 16 drinks)

A refreshing cucumber and basil simple syrup makes this margarita a go-to cocktail to enjoy with your favorite spicy Mexican dish. The recipe is easily doubled.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves; more  for garnish
  • 1 thinly sliced Persian cucumber; more for garnish
  • 3 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs. finely grated lime zest
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier


  • Combine the water, 2 cups of the sugar, basil, and cucumber slices, and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and chill.
  • Combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, salt, and zest in a shallow bowl or plate. Lightly moisten the rims of two large margarita glasses. Dip each glass in the sugar mixture.
  • Add the tequila, 2 oz. of the simple syrup, the lime juice, and Grand Marnier to a shaker. Fill with ice and shake.
  • Fill the prepared glasses with ice. Divide the margarita mixture between the glasses, and garnish each with a cucumber slice and a basil sprig.
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  • badmf | 05/16/2020

    Nice little twist on a classic. Syrup is delicious and may be used in many other cocktails!

  • doweling64 | 06/24/2019

    A lot of work to go to for a couple shots of Tequila, but it is tasty and impresses the quests.

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