Basil and Strawberry Gimlet

Yield: 1 cocktail

Equipment needed:  a cocktail shaker; a muddler or wooden spoon; a martini glass.

6 basil leaves

2 strawberries, hulled

Juice of 1 medium lime

2 ounces vodka or gin

2 tablespoons Simple Syrup (recipe below)

Put basil leaves in bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add strawberries and lime juice. Muddle by mashing with a muddler or wooden spoon. Add several ice cubes, vodka or gin, and Simple Syrup. Cover and shake several times until shaker feels icy cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Simple Syrup

2 parts sugar

1 part water

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to boil to dissolve sugar. Cool and store in refrigerator.

From Herbal Cookery, From the Kitchens and Gardens of the St Louis Herb Society © St Louis Herb Society 2009, p. 38


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