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Aug 24, 2011 06:45 PM

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?

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  1. I recenlty had a basil and pineapple popsicle and it tasted heavenly. I googled basil pineapple cocktail and I got several results for basil pineapple martini.

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    1. re: hala

      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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    2. Silent Order

      2 oz Green Chartreuse
      1/2 oz Lime Juice
      1/2 oz Water
      7-10 Sweet Basil Leaves

      Shake with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass.

      Read more about the drink:

      1. I like to make a "Tom Collins" with Basil

        Muddled Basil
        Lemon juice
        Gin (or Vodka)
        Simple syrup

        On ice in a tall glass. Very refreshing on a hot day.

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        1. re: Terahertz

          I do a version of a Kamikaze with muddled Basil that is very similar.

        2. 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!

          1. Just made this one last night at'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.