Thai basil adds spicy, anise-like notes to a gimlet. Together with lime, elderflower liqueur, and good quality gin, the Thai basil gimlet is a cool twist on an elegant classic.
Author: Emily Clifton, Nerds with Knives
6large Thai basil leavesplus more for garnish
¾ouncefresh lime juice
Place the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker and add the simple syrup and lime juice. Muddle the basil leaves with a muddler or the bottom of a wooden spoon to release the oils.
Add the gin and St Germain and fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of Thai Basil.
To make simple syrup, heat equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Transfer it to a clean jar and let it cool. Simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for several months.