Blame it on Mad Men or a long-line of Scandinavians in my family...but I love a good cocktail. I like a drink with bite. The gimlet is a cocktail made of gin and lime juice, served straight or on the rocks. The basil gimlet is sweet, tart and refreshing with a hint of mint and anise from the basil. It's wonderful for pre-dinner cocktails, a warm summer night on the deck or a cozy conversation by the fireplace. Want to learn how to make it?
Step 1: In a small saucepan or microwave-safe dish combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water. Heat until sugar dissolves (3-4 minutes).
Step 2 Add a bunch of coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves. Let basil steep in syrup 20-30 minutes. Strain.
Step 3: Juice the limes.
Step 4: Into each highball or cocktail glass add:
- 2 tbsp (1 oz) lime juice
- 2 tbsp (1 oz) basil-infused simple syrup
PS: I feel that the glass provides as much delight as the drink. These glasses were a gift from a friend and I can't even imagine how many interesting people have sipped from their rims. Actually I can imagine...and I enjoy doing so! The set of glasses once belonged to the first President of the University of Saskatchewan from 1908-1937, Walter Murray, who "made a University where none existed".
Step 5: Mix
- On the rocks (pictured) : Add ice and a sprig of basil.
Alternative Steps 4&5: Combine all ingredients, shake well with cracked ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Step 6: Enjoy
Let me know if you have any easy and amazing cocktail recipes! And remember, I like 'em strong