I’ve had this basil-vodka gimlet recipe on my Bookmarks bar for so long. I waited until our lime tree started bearing fruits again (it doesn’t during the summer) then I waited until the limes were ripe enough to pick and squeeze.
I finally managed to get limes today (I asked Speedy to pick them after dinner because I hate encountering the occasional toads that wander in the dark), I had basil, I brought out the shaker, the muddler… then I discovered that we’re out of vodka. Big deal, I told myself, I’d make the drink with rum instead and make a TGIF cocktail.
And I did. I muddled basil leaves with lime zest and syrup, let the mixture infuse then I added ice and rum, and… it’s really good! I think though that a huge part of the success was due to the kaffir lime leaf-infused simple syrup. I keep a bottle in the fridge exactly for times like this.
- 2 limes (ours are rather small; use one lime if yours are large)
- 6 to 8 sweet basil leaves, torn by hand
- 1 to 2 tbsps. of simple syrup
- white rum (how much depends on how strong you want your drink; I used about ⅓ c. and mine's pretty strong)
- Zest then squeeze the limes.
- Put the zest, juice, basil leaves and simple syrup in a shaker. Use a muddler to bruise the basil leaves and squeeze out the juice and natural oil. Leave to infuse for about five minutes.
- Pour the rum into the shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.