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.
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