Basil margarita

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus overnight freezing
  • Cooking time: 0 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes, plus overnight freezing

Serves: 6


270ml tequila reposado
150ml triple sec (such as Cointreau)
270ml sugar syrup
180ml lime juice (from about 6 limes)
leaves from 8 basil sprigs, plus 6 small sprigs to garnish
2 cups crushed ice 


1. Pour the tequila, triple sec, sugar syrup and lime juice into a freezeproof container and put in the freezer overnight. (It won’t freeze solid.)

2. To serve, put the crushed ice in a blender (work in batches if necessary). Add the chilled tequila mixture and basil leaves, then whizz until smooth, green and very thick – you may need to add more ice. Pour into martini glasses, garnish each with a basil sprig and serve immediately.