One of the best things about late summer are the farmers markets. Everything is in season. Everything is spilling over and stacked colorfully together. Heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, dusty red bunches of beets and braids of garlic and little blue quart boxes of blueberries.
And basil. Big leafy bunches of it. Is there another herb that tastes so keenly of summer? We love adding it to tomato salads, chopping it up to make fresh bruschetta and Pico de Gallo and countless pestos.
So how about a cocktail? Here’s a bright variation of a gimlet that celebrates one of our favorite summer flavors.
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Gin & Basil Gimlet Recipe (serves 3)
12 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
6 oz. gin
1.5 oz. lime juice
1.5 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup
Add your remaining ingredients to the cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until cold.
Strain into individual glasses. Garnish with fresh basil.
Cheers! Here’s to nabbing the last few weekends at the cottage, staying barefoot and riding with the windows down. May we continue to savor the all the summer still happening around us.
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Additional Tip: To help your fresh herbs stay fresh longer, treat them like you treat your fresh flowers! Trim the stems and remove any wilted or brown leaves and then simple place in a jar or glass of water.