Basil Gimlet

This recipe comes from Katherine's brother Joel, a master mixologist.

1 cup sugar

1 large bunch basil, coarsely chopped, plus extra for garnish


12 tablespoons gin

8 tablespoons fresh lime juice


1.     Make a basil simple syrup:  simmer sugar with ¾ cup water and the basil.  Simmer until the sugar dissolves, then let steep for 20 minutes or more.  Strain to remove basil.

2.     Fill 4 cocktail glasses with ice.  In each glass, pour 3 tablespoons gin, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and 4 tablespoons basil simple syrup.

3.     Garnish each glass with a fresh basil sprig and serve immediately.

Tip: add lemon juice and chilled water to simple syrup for a basil lemonade that the kids will love!