Basil Gimlet

Basil Gimlet Recipe
Thomas J. Story
Move over, mint: Basil's spicy flavor puts a fresh spin on the traditional gimlet. Make the syrup before guests arrive—it keeps up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Yield:

Makes 2
Total time: 25 Minutes

Recipe from

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Recipe Time

Total: 25 Minutes

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 large bunch basil, coarsely chopped
Ice
6 tablespoons gin
4 tablespoons lime juice
Basil sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Preparation

1. Make basil syrup: In a large microwave-safe measuring cup, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, and basil.

2. Microwave on high until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Let basil steep in syrup 20 to 30 minutes, then strain (you'll have enough syrup for 4 drinks).

4. Fill 2 highball glasses with ice. Into each glass, pour 3 tbsp. gin, 4 tbsp. basil syrup, and 2 tbsp. lime juice. Stir and serve, garnished with basil sprigs.

Tip: Add lemon juice and chilled water to the leftover syrup and serve over ice for basil lemonade.

April 2009
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