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Basil Mojitos

Photo: Thomas J. Story
Total time 10 mins
Yield Serves 2
In the same family as mint (the usual choice for a mojito), basil takes the cocktail a step further, adding hints of clove and anise. Muddling turns the drink bright green.

Ingredients

  • About 10 large basil leaves, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 4 tsp. superfine sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • About 1/2 cup cold club soda
  • Lime wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 186
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • protein 0.2 g
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 15 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • sodium 14 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Whirl 2 basil leaves and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor until well blended; transfer to a plate and set aside.

  2. Put 6 to 8 remaining basil leaves in a large cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes, the remaining 4 tsp. sugar, and lime juice. Muddle the mixture with the back of a thick wooden spoon, keeping your hand over the top to prevent spilling, until basil has broken up.

  3. Add rum and a few more ice cubes to shaker, cover, and shake to blend. Rub a lime wedge along rim of 2 lowball glasses and dip in basil sugar (reserve remaining sugar for more cocktails). Add a few ice cubes to each glass. Remove top from shaker (do not strain), and divide mixture between glasses. Top off each with club soda and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.