Basil Gimlet with Tarragon Garnish
Here’s a nice and refreshing spring or summer cocktail. The Gimlet is updated to include the scent and taste of fresh basil. This beverage is great on a warm afternoon or evening. If you would like the drink virgin, replace the gin with sparkling water for a bubbly, limeade beverage.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2 servings
4 ounces gin (or vodka)
Zest of 1 lime, plus 2 twists for garnish (optional)
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, from about 1 lime
2 ounces simple syrup
A handful of fresh basil leaves, at least 6 large leaves
Fresh tarragon or basil for garnish
Cocktail Shaker, Muddler (or wooden spoon)
Place the 2 ounces of simple syrup and the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker.
Muddle the basil leaves with the simple syrup.
Add in ice to almost fill the shaker.
Pour in 4 ounces gin, the zest of 1 lime, and 2 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice.
Put the lid on the shaker and shake until cold.
Strain the mixture into 2 martini glasses or tumblers and garnish with a twist of lime and a basil leaf or tarragon sprig.