To continue Operation Cocktail Redemption it’s time to bring on one of my all-time favorite drinks. It’s a Basil Vodka Gimlet I discovered at a local Italian restaurant a few years ago. I gave it a try and I’ve been sold ever since.
This drink and a plate of calamari while sitting on the restaurant patio–so chill. BUT, their service is painfully slow and I don’t feel like going back so now that I’ve mastered the drink, I can enjoy it on my own patio.
I searched for quite a while and experimented with three other recipes that seemed right. In the end, this one adapted from Oui Chef (he’s so good) was as close as it came. Enjoy!
- 6 large basil leaves - cut into strips or finely chopped
- Zest from ½ lime
- Juice from one lime (mine was 1/25 oz)
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 2.5 oz vodka
- Muddle the basil leaves, lime zest, lime juice and simple syrup at the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
- Let it stand approximately 5 minutes to let the flavors blend
- Add the vodka and fill the cocktail shaker ½ to ⅔ of the way full with ice
- Shake and strain if you aren't into the basil leaves.
- Pour into a glass and add a basil spring for a garnish, if you desire.