While basil and gin make the perfect pair (see: Green Park), you can make this delightful cocktail with vodka or a citrus-forward white rum. Try using a flavoured syrup for a twist -- I absolutely love green apple with this but strawberries or mango are wonderful, too!
5 ml Rich syrup (2:1)
12-15 pc Fresh basil leaves
Serve in an Old Fashioned glass.
❶ Chill the glass.
❷ In a shaker and using muddler, gently but firmly press the basil against the base of the shaker.
❸ Add remaining ingredients. Quick stir and taste. If you want a bolder basil flavour, muddle again and/or add more herb.
❹ Prepare the chilled glass with a large block of ice.
❺ Fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for about 10-12 seconds.
❻ Double strain into the prepared glass.
❼ Garnish with 3-4 pieces of basil leaves.
Adapted from a 2008 recipe by Joerg Meyer.