The basil gimlet combines the herbacious, peppery sweetness of "the king of herbs" with the zesty freshness of lime. Perfect for a spring evening or even an afternoon picker-upper, the basil gimlet adds a bit of mystery and exotic flair to the standard gimlet and offers the chance to unite your herb garden and your liquor cabinet in a mutually satisfying joint venture.
A good, mid-level gin (Gordon's or Beefeater) is fine for this concoction and contributes the alcoholic backbone that keeps this drink from becoming too girly.
Although agave nectar is preferred as a sweetener, simple syrup may also be used. The quantity depends on how tart or sweet you prefer your drink. Some use Rose's lime juice instead of fresh limes in their gimlets but I strongly recommend against this.
- 2 parts gin
- 3/4 part fresh lime juice
- 1/2 part agave nectar (variable according to taste)
- 5-10 basil leaves
Combine all ingredients in a shaker three quarters full with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds, long enough to integrate the agave nectar and to shred the basil leaves.
Garnish with fresh basil and serve.