We’ve conjured up a cocktail to celebrate the premier of Syfy Network’s adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling novel The Magicians and it’s The Brakebills Gimlet! Gin, basil, rosemary and lime all blend together with truly magical results. Here’s how to make The Brakebills Gimlet:



Sure, going to a magical college is tough work, but just like college students in the non-magical world, the students of Brakebills College of Magical Pedagogy find time for a good party. But unlike your average frat boys, the Brakebills kids have a taste for the finer things in life. Instead of keggers and beer pong, Quentin Coldwater and his cadre prefer martinis and fine wine. So to celebrate The Magicians premier, YA Wednesdays presents The Brakebills Gimlet. This gin based cocktail mixes tart lime, earthy basil and perfumey rosemary for a cocktail worthy of the name Brakebills. Here’s how to make The Brakebills Gimlet:


Gin, tart lime, earthy basil and perfumey rosemary make a cocktail worthy of the name Brakebills.


 The Brakebills Gimlet

2 ounces gin

¾ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

¾ ounce rosemary syrup (recipe below)

5 leaves of fresh basil

Place 4 basil leaves in cocktail shaker and gently muddle with muddler or wooden spoon. Add gin, lime juice, and rosemary simple syrup. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled glass. Garnish with reserved basil leaf and rosemary sprig and serve. Viola!


If you haven’t read The Magicians check out my Read Before You Watch recap. YA Wednesdays will be watching and live tweeting during the Syfy premier of The Magicians, Monday, January 25th, 9 pm EST.  Follow us and drink along with the hashtag #YAWDrinking. Cheers!



Magicians. Eliot. Cocktail
Eliot, mix me a Brakebills Gimlet


P.S. Here’s how to make the rosemary syrup, which is also delicious in hot tea. Enjoy!

Rosemary Syrup

½ cup water

½ cup sugar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Heat water, sugar and chopped rosemary leaves in a small saucepan, stir occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cool, strain rosemary leaves.