Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Patrick Bolster, head bartender at 5 1/2 Bar in Pensacola, gave us the recipe for this cucumber and basil refresher.
Makes 1 serving
8 to 10 fresh basil leaves
3 to 5 cucumber slices
3 tablespoons gin
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
Muddle basil leaves and cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker to release flavors. Fill shaker with ice cubes, gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Strain into a 12-oz. glass filled with ice cubes; top with club soda.