New York apartments are small and New York gardens are even smaller and sometimes your garden is just a basil plant on your windowsill. But no matter how tiny your garden is, you can make this garden fresh cocktail. I love getting a basil plant at the beginning of summer. They cost the same amount as a bunch of basil from the grocery store and I use it all summer long plucking leaves for my pastas, grilled pizzas or adding a leaf or two to my Lillet on ice. Here is a recipe for a Basil-Vodka Gimlet adapted from Food52 that I fell in love with. I just infused ny simple syrup with basil to make it even more basil-y. It's so refreshing and summery and you can really put that garden of yours to use, no matter how small. The gimlet would go perfect poolside this summer.
- 6 large, fresh basil leaves, torn into strips
- The zest of 1/2 a lime
- The Juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 ounce of basil simple syrup
- 2 1/2 ounces vodka
Put torn basil, lime zest, lime juice and the basil simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and muddle the leaves and juices together. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so letting the basil infuse the juice.
Add vodka and ice, cover and shake! Strain into a martini glass or glass of your choice. (I opted for coupes because martini glasses always seem cheesy to me. I blame Sex and the City.)
Garnish with a diced basil leaves and enjoy!
(all photos, jamie grill photography)