If you claim to be a fan of gin and you’ve never had a Basil Gimlet, you should slap yourself. The term “Gimlet” was first used to describe a drink containing Gin and Lime Juice back in 1928.
As Rose’s Lime Juice pre-dates the Gimlet, it’s probable that the first Gimlets were Gin & Rose’s Lime. The Booze Guru, however, will opt to keep it fresh and make the Gimlet with fresh-squeezed lime.
This is a true aperitif cocktail, and one that is best sipped on a warm evening before a long meal.
I present to you, The Booze Guru’s take on: The Basil Gimlet.
- 2 ounces Gin (Aviation Gin or Plymouth Gin recommended)
- 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice (Key or West Indian Limes, *not* Persian!)
- 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup*
- 4 basil leaves; reserve one
Add ice to a Boston Shaker. Add all the ingredients except one basil leaf. Shake until your hands feel like they’re going to freeze off, then shake a bit longer.
Strain into a cocktail glass or champagne coupe.
Place the remaining basil leaf in the palm of your left hand; clap your hands. Float the bruised basil leaf atop the drink.
Sip and enjoy!
*Simple Syrup is very easy to make: Add one & a half cups granulated white sugar and one cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir constantly until all the sugar is dissolved. Once the sugar granules disappear, remove from heat immediately. Let it cool. To preserve it, add one tablespoon of vodka. Transfer to a nice squeeze bottle. Store in a cool, dry place.