Let me start by saying that this was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktails. That list is not short, but it does come from a man who was well acquainted with all forms of alcohol. The basil adds a peppery, sweet flavor, which is balanced by the tartness of the lime juice of a traditional gimlet. And it has gin, helping make it a perfect summer drink. I’ve played around with a lot of recipes, but have settled on this one.
- 1 ½ oz gin
- ¾ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tbsp basil simple syrup (see below)
- Basil leaves for garnish
- Cucumber slice for garnish (optional)
Put gin, lime juice and basil simply syrup in cocktail shaker. Shake gently. Pour into chilled cocktail glass and garnish. Enjoy. Repeat 3-4 times for best results.
Basil Simply Syrup
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 3-4 sprigs basil
Heat water and sugar until completely mixed. Remove from heat and steep basil in simple syrup for 20-30 minutes. Remove basil and set in fridge to cool. This syrup can stay good for up to a week in the fridge.