This is a crisp and refreshing warm-weather drink using fresh basil and lemon juice, and it's one of my favorites because it's a citrus drink that's not too sweet.

Ingredients

Basil Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 6-8 leaves fresh basil

Lemon Basil Vodka Gimlet

  • 1.5 Ounce Vodka
  • 1.5 Ounce Basil Simple Syrup
  • 2 Ounce Fresh lemon juice

Preparation

Step 1:

Prepare syrup at least 30 minutes in advance. In a small saucepan, heat sugar, water, and clean, fresh basil leaves over medium heat, stirring constantly. When sugar dissolves and syrup turns clear, remove from heat. Allow basil leaves to steep in syrup for 20-25 minutes as the syrup cools. Once cooled, strain leaves from syrup and discard. Syrup may now be stored or served.

Step 2:

When ready to serve, gently muddle a fresh basil leaf in a rocks glass with a pestle or spoon, and add ice. Shake together 1.5 oz. vodka, 1.5 oz. syrup, and 2 oz. fresh lemon juice, and pour over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge, and enjoy!