Thursday, December 9, 2010

Basil Gimlets For All

I love fresh-herb cocktails. Last Saturday I was flipping through a stack of magazines at the boys' hockey practice, and nearly gasped when I happened on a recipe for basil gimlets. A few days later I made a batch. The recipe is written for serving a crowd, but you can easily reduce the proportions and make it in smaller quantities.

Adapted from December InStyle Magazine. According to the article, Napa Valley chef Michael Chiarello is the original author of this cocktail.

Basil Gimlets for All

In a pitcher, with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, mash one large bunch of basil leaves with 8 oz. fresh lime juice and 4 oz simple syrup (4 oz. sugar dissolved in 4 oz. boiling water, then cooled) until fragrant. To this mixture, pour in 12 oz vodka and 4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Strain and pour into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a basil leaf. Serves 8.

Cheers!

7 comments:

Purple Flowers said...

That recipe reads to me - "make them tonight" :)

Vanessa said...

The best (and most expensive, by far) cocktail I've ever had was made with cilantro and lemongrass at fantastic restaurant in London. I will never forget it. I wish more people experimented with herbs in their drinks! I'm definitely going to try this out.

Expats Again said...

Yum! Gonna make one now.. Thanks!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

What a lovely cocktail. Good find.

Vanessa said...

I've never had fresh herb cocktails but they sound amazing. I'm totally in love with your cocktail glasses and perfect presentation too.

KPiep said...

Makes me almost wish I could drink.

Natasha said...

I've never had a fresh-herb cocktail and after hearing about this Basil Gimlet, I will now! Sounds yummy, thanks!