Lemon-Basil Margarita Recipe

Let’s celebrate! What are we celebrating? Find out below. How are we celebrating? With a lemon-basil margarita recipe. Refreshing and fun but with a bit of elegance. Now that’s how I like to say, “Hooray!”

Lemon-Basil Margarita Recipe - This recipe uses lemon and fresh basil. A very refreshing cocktail.

You know how sometimes a little thing can happen that makes you walk around smiling at everyone you see (even people you don’t like much). It makes you giddy with chatter about the gorgeous weather (even if it’s raining out).

Like when you get a new haircut or just had your teeth cleaned. When you find (and fit into) the perfect summer dress. When the first cherry tomato goes from green to red in your garden. When your baby looks at you, smiles and says, “Mama” for the first time.

Well, today I’m adding a new one to that list:

When your website gets a makeover!

I’m ecstatic with the new design. I love every single part of it and cannot stop smiling at everyone. I even smiled at that mom at the school who is always perfectly coiffed but never happy. She’s always got this angry confused look on her face like she just swallowed an ounce of wasabi.

Yes, even wasabi-face got big smiles today. She didn’t smile back. Kind of glared at me with her eyebrows raised up even higher than normal (extra wasabi for breakfast?).

But my smile did not fade. Oh no! The new design is powerful enough to banish thoughts of Mrs. Angry-Head completely so I can go back to beaming at the world.

Oh how I love the new site. So so much that I need to take a moment here to thank the amazing women who made it happen:

  • All the gorgeous graphics, colors, fonts, layout, social-media functionality and general fresh gorgeousness is thanks to Joanna from Ordeau.
  • Carla from pr+sm was the project manager (she’s the gal who coaches me with my social media and online marketing-type stuff. She’s also my co-conspirator for the PinChatLive phenomenon. Love her and what she’s done for my blog).
  • These ladies tell me that I was “very active in the process and was a great source of inspiration for the site.” My own feeling is that I was TOO active in the process and I therefore have immense gratitude for their patience.

A new site. So fun!

Still Cook the Story.

Still me.

With a new look and feel.

We need a new way to celebrate! And I’ve got it:

A margarita recipe that is fresh and fun with a bit of elegance.

Just like my new site.

A glass that once contained a Lemon and Basil Margarita. Now it's empty. Time for another round! By @cookthestory

Oh darn! Drank mine too fast.

Hmmm…I wonder if tequila-pickled basil tastes any good.

Answer: Heck yeah! Now pass me that cocktail shaker. I need to make another margarita pronto!

Oh, and speaking of another margarita recipe: You should also check out my cherry-lime margarita!

Cherry-Lime Margarita Recipe

Lemon-Basil Margarita

What I love most about this recipe is that the basil leaves that go into the cocktail shaker don't have to be pretty ones. If you get a batch of basil and some of the leaves are all bruised, you can totally put those into the shaker. Use any nicer leaves for serving in the glass. (Note: 1 ounce is equivalent to 2 tablespoons, if that's easier for you than trying to find a shot glass).


  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 8 big fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 1 ounce agave syrup (you can use honey but the flavor overpowers a bit)
  • 1 ounce tequila


  1. Pour the salt onto a dinner plate. Cut a little wedge out of the lemon. Cut a slit in the pulp. Run the slit around the rim of a wide-mouthed glass (a martini glass or a small tumbler work well) so that the rim is moistened with lemon juice. Dip the rim of the cup into the salt on the plate, twisting the glass around until there's a nice coating all around the rim.
  2. Into a bowl, squeeze all the juice out of the remainder of the lemon. Measure 1 ounce of juice into a cocktail shaker. Use your fingers to tear 6 of the basil leaves into the shaker. Add the agave syrup. Muddle everything around for at least a minute. Go on and pummel and bruise the basil leaves, really extracting all their flavor.
  3. Add the tequila and stir it around a bit. Add 1 cup of ice. Put the lid on the shake it. Sh-sh-shake it.
  4. Fill the salt-rimmed glass with ice. Tear in the remaining two basil leaves. Strain the tequila mixture over top of the basil and ice. Celebrate!

A recipe for margaritas with lemon and basil. A very refreshing cocktail.

20 Responses to “Lemon-Basil Margarita Recipe”

  1. Cortne Martin — May 16, 2013 @ 12:31 am (#)

    I am trying this recipe tomorrow. I too need to celebrate. I am working with the fabulous Carla as well. We just started and I am so excited (actually based on your recommendation from pin chat). Looking forward to seeing the changes to my blog as well.
    I am having so much fun with the Make it Mine Challenge!

    • Christine Pittman — May 20, 2013 @ 10:16 am (#)

      I am so delighted that you’re working with Carla. Isn’t she incredible. I know the impact to your site and to the way you view it will be revolutionized. Can’t wait to see the changes. Thanks for participating in the Make It Mine Challenge!!!

  2. Wendy @ AMFT — May 15, 2013 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    Oh My Goodness….sounds amazing, I just love a good margarita! Thanks for the shout out about my margarita roundup!

  3. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand — May 1, 2013 @ 5:46 am (#)

    Lovely look and feel to your design Christine. Couldn’t help laughing at the Mrs angry-head statement. It would seem there are a few of them about ;-) I imagine these margaritas would be a great way of celebrating your new blog. Lovely punchy flavours! Cheers :-)

  4. JulieD — April 24, 2013 @ 12:27 pm (#)

    I love it, Christine! :) Congrats on a beautiful new design. And these margaritas look awesome!

  5. Adventuresindinner — April 24, 2013 @ 12:17 pm (#)

    That drink looks just gorgeous! And the new look? Stunning.

    • Christine Pittman — April 24, 2013 @ 1:51 pm (#)

      Thank you darling!

  6. Susi — April 23, 2013 @ 7:44 pm (#)

    Love the new design. And I may even try the margarita since it got lemon and basil… yum. :)

  7. Katie — April 23, 2013 @ 5:34 pm (#)

    LOVE the new redesign! Your site is gorgeous-makes me want a makeover real bad! Your smiling story cracks me up! I love it and love anything that has to do with “margs”! “CHEERS friend to a new blog design”!

  8. Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} — April 23, 2013 @ 11:14 am (#)

    It looks wonderful, Christine! I’m smiling with you!! ;)

    • Christine Pittman — April 23, 2013 @ 11:26 am (#)

      Thank you so much Rachel! So happy that you’re smiling too!

  9. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 23, 2013 @ 10:58 am (#)

    I’d cheers to that for sure!! Beautiful makeover, Christine :) xo

    • Christine Pittman — April 23, 2013 @ 11:26 am (#)

      Thanks Kiran! You and I need to cheers to something sometime soon. Maybe at an upcoming conference?


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