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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Basil Vodka Gimlet

Get while the getting is good!  Make hay while the sun shines!  I am sure that there are a thousand sayings in every language in the world that tell you to do something while you have the best opportunity.  How about make pesto before the frost?  In this case, we had another use for the basil and while we had a number of drinks that we might have wanted to test (look for an upcoming Pumpkin Pie Martini attempt), the days are getting shorter and soon no more basil from the garden.  Bummer!
I came across this the other day and sent it to Connie.  Again, it had no preparation instructions, just a recipe.  Whatever!  Let’s give it a shot.  What could possibly go wrong?

I give you… 
Basil Vodka Gimlet (for two)

9 large basil leaves, torn into strips
Finely grated zest of 1/2 a lime
1 ounce simple syrup (2:1)
4 oz vodka (we use Smirnoff’s)
Place the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.  Shake, shake, shake, strain and pour into a chilled glass.  Kiss the one you love, and enjoy!

Post mortem.  Very delicious and refreshing.  However, we wanted more basil taste.  We fished some of the basil out of the shaker and added it to the drink.  Next time we are either going to put the basil in a blender or muddle it.


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