basil drink recipes please!
For the first time ever here in Montana we have an ABUNDANCE of basil in the garden. I have exhausted all recipes and am in desperate need of some good drink recipes. At the local wine/cocktail bar in town they have a drink with muddled basil that's great...very savory. What can/should I do?
Gin Basil Smash
by Jörg Meyer, Le Lion, Hamburg, Germany
2 oz Gin, Beefeater
1 oz Lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
5/8 oz Simple syrup
20 lf Basil
1 lf Basil (as garnish)
Muddle 1/2 lemon with large handful basil, add simple and test for sweetness. Add ice and gin, shake, double strain, rocks-filled frozen old fashioned glass
Kindred Cocktails lists a Daiquiri, a Gimlet, and a Tequila cocktail that all use basil. I'm also aware of people using it in a variant of the Mojito.
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Grapefruit basil martini - nice combo.
If you're going to make basil simple syrup (which I recommend as well and it can be used to make all sorts of things from drinks to granita, or used to moisten cakes (cup cakes) for a different use as well. . . . don't put the basil in the hot syrup or it makes it taste skunky.
Make a simple syrup - cool (room temp is fine) - put syrup with basil in blender - buzz - strain through fine strainer/cloth. Experiment away!
Just made this one last night at home...it's similar to a drink we had at Richard Blais' FlipBurger in Atlanta. My wife hates gin, but she *loves* this drink:
1.5 oz gin
1 oz ginger syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice
Muddle a couple strawberries, about a tsp. of chopped basil, and the ginger syrup together. Then add ice and the rest of the ingredients and shake. It's delicious.
When I made it last night, it was a little thick (due to some particularly thick and potent ginger syrup, I believe), so we served it over ice and topped it with a splash of sparkling citrus water....very refreshing.