Thought to have once been a way to prevent scurvy and treat cholera, the Gimlet has deep roots in history. The earliest appearance is said to be 1852 in the "Pamphlets on Biology: Kofoid collection." We continue our basil binge with a slight twist on the classic cocktail.
- .5 oz. Simple syrup
- 6 Fresh basil leaves
- .75 oz. lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
- 1.5 oz. gin
In a cocktail shaker with the simple syrup and lime juice, press the basil leaves firmly against the bottom to release the oils. Add gin and add a bunch of ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a basil leaf.