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 tablespoons simple syrup
- white rum (how much depends on how strong you want your drink; I used about 1/3 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.