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, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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