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Basil Gimlet

'You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Vodka and Mountain Dew is an emergency." - Peggy Olson  

'You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Vodka and Mountain Dew is an emergency." - Peggy Olson

 

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?

Basil-infused simple syrup

Basil-infused simple syrup

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.

Limes are a good source of Vitamin C. One theory is that the drink was named after British Royal Navy Surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette KCB (1857-1943), who allegedly introduced this drink as a means of inducing his messmates to take lime juice as an anti-scurvy medication.

Limes are a good source of Vitamin C. One theory is that the drink was named after British Royal Navy Surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette KCB (1857-1943), who allegedly introduced this drink as a means of inducing his messmates to take lime juice as an anti-scurvy medication.

Step 3: Juice the limes.

Get creative with your mixing ratios. Do you like it stronger, sweeter, more tart?

Get creative with your mixing ratios. Do you like it stronger, sweeter, more tart?

Step 4: Into each highball or cocktail glass add:

- 4 tbsp (2 oz) gin (I adore Hendricks, and Tanqueray is also delicious)

- 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


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