Basil Vodka Gimlet

Another signature cocktail made in collaboration with One Eight Distilling–D.C.’s newest vodka and whiskey distillery.  Many folks criticize vodka for being boring, or having little depth, but that’s not a good attitude to have when you’re in the cocktail business. The District Made Vodka from One Eight stands out as an exceptionally clean, refreshing spirit, perfect for a whole slew of drinks for all seasons and sensibilities.

Below, you’ll find our take on a fresh, summery favorite: the vodka gimlet. We jazz it up with basil and our orange bitters to create a light and quaffable, yet totally satisfying cocktail experience.

Basil Vodka Gimelet with Embitterment Orange Bitters


2.5 oz District Made Vodka

Several dashes, Embitterment Orange Bitters

0.75 oz simple syrup

0.75 oz lemon

3 basil leaves + 2 for garnish

Seltzer water


Muddle 3 basil leaves with simple syrup in bottom of shaker.

Add ice, lemon juice, and vodka. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain and pour over ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with reserved basil, and top with seltzer.

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