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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.