Recipe: Luau Basil Rum Cocktail

Get your luau party started with Kyle Reutner's crisp, tart cocktail

Taste the basil you get from the market before you muddle it into the cocktail. Young, tender basil leaves should be sweet and fragrant. As it gets hotter in the summer, basil grows in size and becomes spicier, so you may want to use less.

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Recipe adapted from Kyle Reutner, Hawaii Bitters Company

Luau Basil Cocktail
5 from 28 ratings
Learn to make a basil-infused rum cocktail from Kyle Reutner of Hawaii Bitters Company.
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Total time: 5 minutes
  • 5 basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • ¾ ounce St-Germain
  • 1½ ounces rum
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • Ice
  • 1½ ounces soda water
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 fresh lychee, with skin on (optional)
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil leaves with the St-Germain.
  2. Add the rum and lime juice, fill the shaker with ice, then shake vigorously until well chilled.
  3. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with soda water and garnish with lychee and basil leaves. Serve.
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