My Cocktail of the Moment: A Light, Refreshing Basil Gimlet

I’m not much of a cocktail drinker, but this one I love. It’s light, refreshing and summery. And I love the basil–a nice change after trying so many cocktails using mint. It’s more involved than pouring a glass of wine, but worth it. This is inspired by one of my favorite spots for a cocktail, Park West Tavern in Ridgewood, NJ.

1 cup sugar
1 large bunch basil, coarsely chopped

Basil sprigs, for garnish (optional)

First make your basil syrup.
In a large microwave-safe measuring cup, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, and basil. Microwave on high until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes. Let the basil steep in the syrup for 30 minutes then strain. You should have enough syrup for 4 drinks.
For the cocktail…
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Add vodka, lime juice and basil syrup.
3. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with basil leaf.
Amy doesn’t eat processed sugar so she would make hers with honey. Probably 2 tablespoons.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!


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