Saturday Night Special! Basil Gimlet

by Sarah on July 3, 2010

I admit it, I’m stealing this straight from the pages of Sunset Magazine.

I AM however, planning on making these this weekend, just not now.  I’m babysitting, and young Freddy is not a connoisseur of the gimlet quite yet.  PLUS, I seem to have misplaced my camera battery charger, and I can’t take any pictures right now.  Is that just lame or what?  I can’t remember where I put anything anymore.

In the meantime, enjoy Thomas J. Story’s photograph, and Sunset Magazine’s delicious rendition of the….

Basil Gimlet

1  cup  sugar

1  large bunch basil, coarsely chopped


6  tablespoons  gin

4  tablespoons  lime juice

Basil sprigs, for garnish (optional)

1. Make basil syrup: In a large microwave-safe measuring cup, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, and basil.

2. Microwave on high until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Let basil steep in syrup 20 to 30 minutes, then strain (you’ll have enough syrup for 4 drinks).

4. Fill 2 highball glasses with ice. Into each glass, pour 3 tbsp. gin, 4 tbsp. basil syrup, and 2 tbsp. lime juice. Stir and serve, garnished with basil sprigs.

Tip: Add lemon juice and chilled water to the leftover syrup and serve over ice for basil lemonade.


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