Thomas J. Story
YieldsMakes 2
Move over, mint: Basil's spicy flavor puts a fresh spin on the traditional gimlet. Make the syrup before guests arrive—it keeps up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Make basil syrup: In a large microwave-safe measuring cup, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, and basil.

Step 2
2

Microwave on high until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 3
3

Let basil steep in syrup 20 to 30 minutes, then strain (you'll have enough syrup for 4 drinks).

Step 4
4

Fill 2 highball glasses with ice. Into each glass, pour 3 tbsp. gin, 4 tbsp. basil syrup, and 2 tbsp. lime juice. Stir and serve, garnished with basil sprigs.

Step 5
5

Tip: Add lemon juice and chilled water to the leftover syrup and serve over ice for basil lemonade.

Ingredients

 1 cup sugar
 1 large bunch basil, coarsely chopped
  Ice
 6 tablespoons gin
 4 tablespoons lime juice
  Basil sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Directions

Step 1
1

Make basil syrup: In a large microwave-safe measuring cup, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, and basil.

Step 2
2

Microwave on high until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 3
3

Let basil steep in syrup 20 to 30 minutes, then strain (you'll have enough syrup for 4 drinks).

Step 4
4

Fill 2 highball glasses with ice. Into each glass, pour 3 tbsp. gin, 4 tbsp. basil syrup, and 2 tbsp. lime juice. Stir and serve, garnished with basil sprigs.

Step 5
5

Tip: Add lemon juice and chilled water to the leftover syrup and serve over ice for basil lemonade.

Basil Gimlet