Vodka, fresh basil, simple syrup, and tonic water are all you need for these refreshingly easy cocktails. They're also a wonderful way to use basil leaves from an herb garden.
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- 2 cups good-quality vodka
- 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil
- Simple syrup
- Tonic water
- Garnish: sliced limes, basil leaves
- 1. Combine first 2 ingredients in a glass container. Crush basil gently with a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon to release flavor. Cover and set aside, out of direct sunlight, 2 days. Strain.
- 2. Pour 2 ounces (1/4 cup) basil-infused vodka in a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Stir in 1 tablespoon or desired amount simple syrup. Top with 3 to 5 ounces tonic water. Garnish, if desired.
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