Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Cocktail of the Week: Basil Lime Daiquiri

It's happy hour!   And often as not, that means I head to the herb garden as well as the liquor cabinet.  I still have some basil hanging on after our long hot summer. So this refreshing cocktail is in order...

Basil Lime Daiquiri
Makes one cocktail.

Simmer 1/2 cup water with 1 1/2 cups basil leaves until reduced to 2 1/2 tablespoons.  Strain, then stir in 2 teaspoons light brown sugar and 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice.  In an ice-filled shaker, combine the basil-lime syrup with 2 ounces light rum and 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice.  Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with basil and lime.

Tasty, huh?  So good that I made extra syrup for a second (and third) round.

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