Delicious, very sweet drink. Similar to a mojito -- not surprising given all the sugar and the fact that basil is in the mint family. I deviated from the recipe by not adding the basil until the syrup was hot and sugar dissolved (b/c almost every other recipe I've used that involves syrup has directed that additions be made only after the syrup's hot and set), and then let it sit for a good 30 minutes. However, in the end I was wishing for more basil flavor! So next time I will either follow the recipe and add the basil right away :), and/or I will leave the basil steeping in the syrup in the fridge longer so it has more time to infuse, then strain it just before mixing the drinks.
I made these all last summer and now that the days are getting longer and warmer - I can't wait to whip up another batch. These were a hit with all my guests and I gave out the recipe each and every time.
I changed the portions to 4tbs gin and 3tbs simple syrup and still thought it was too sweet. I would try a 2 to 1 ratio of the gin to simple syrup,
4tbs gin to 2tbs syrup. Loved the basil scent.
I think you need to use a high quality gin, such as Bombay Sapphire
Delicious. I doubled the recipe, put it in a small pitcher, set out the ice bucket and let my guests help themselves. People were a little hesitant when they heard it was a cocktail using basil but each one was won over after the first sip. Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. Serve at your next summer gathering!