I decided that using the late-summer basil leaves to infuse a simple syrup was a perfectly good function for them, and, truly, the syrup did not taste bitter at all.
The basil gimlet!
First: The Basil-Infused Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1.5 bunches of basil leaves (a large handful), finely chopped
- 3/4 cup of water
Heat on stovetop or in microwave until the sugar is dissolved (about 3 minutes in microwave). Steep the leaves for at least 30 minutes, then strain.
- 2 parts Gin
- 2 parts simple syrup
- 1 part fresh lime juice
- 1 part tonic water
The classic gimlet doesn't have tonic water, but I like to add a dash to make the drink last. It also gives it a little kick of carbonation that keeps summer alive for me. I used an old-fashioned glass, but some sticklers would tell you a highball is preferred. Your choice!
Have a great Labor Day Weekend! I've decided not to work too hard. I hope you don't have to either. See you at the pool.