Herbal flavors are a natural pairing with gin, so cocktail book authors Carey Jones and John McCarthy use aromatic basil in this martini riff with good gin, dry vermouth, and the aperitif Cocchi Americano. Read about everything you need to know about martinis: where to seek them out, and how to make perfect ones at home.

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Yield: makes 1 Cocktail
Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 oz. London dry gin, preferably Plymouth
  • ½ oz. Cocchi Americano
  • ½ oz. dry vermouth, preferably Dolin
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 basil leaf


  1. Freeze a coupe glass until frosty, at least 30 minutes. To a mixing glass or large glass filled with ice, add the gin, Cocchi, vermouth, and bitters. Using a swizzle stick or spoon, stir for 15 seconds, then strain into the chilled coupe. In your palm, slap the basil leaf to release its essential oils, then float it atop the martini.

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