This recipe appears in:Drinking in Season: Basil Lime Cooler
Note: This recipe makes enough basil syrup for about 8 cocktails. Excess syrup can be stored for up to one week in a covered refrigerated container.
- For the Basil Syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 basil leaves
- For the Cocktail:
- 1 ounce basil syrup
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 3 basil leaves
- 2 to 3 ounces seltzer
- Garnish: basil sprig
For the Basil Syrup: Combine water, sugar, and basil leaves in a small saucepan. Heat over high heat until boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Basil syrup will keep for one week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
For the Cocktail: Combine 1 ounce basil syrup, lime juice, and vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Fill a collins glass with ice, then strain the cocktail into the glass. Add extra basil leaves to the glass, top with seltzer and stir gently. Garnish with straw and basil sprig.