In our never-ending search for the perfect cocktail, the Barcelona gin team (guided by our faithful gin dog, Ruddles) is constantly searching for new gins and out-of-the-ordinary recipes. And the wonderful thing about gin is that (unlike vodka) its unlimited flavour combinations and subtle infusions mean it is now one of the most versatile cocktail spirits out there. Gone are the days when we simply poured Gordons (paid link) into a gin and tonic with a few lumps of ice. These days, gin is high art. It is made from everything from cow’s milk to seaweed and infused with everything from chilli peppers to lobster (yes, really). But sometimes you just want to go back to a classic, like the gimlet.
Basil gimlet: upgrading an iconic cocktail
That’s why we want to share with you a simple recipe that offers a clever slant on an established classic gin cocktail. Most of us will already be familiar with the iconic gimlet, full of tart, limey acidity and lots of gin. But here’s a nice twist on the original which softens the tartness by adding some simple syrup. And a handful of muddled basil leaves gives it a lovely earth taste which counters some of the acidity. This is the perfect drink to bridge the gap between summer and winter – well worth a try.
- Basil leaves
- 45 ml gin
- 1 tbsp simple syrup
- 20 ml fresh lime juice
- Muddle the Basil leaves, lime and simple syrup in a shaker
- Add gin and fill to top with ice cubes
- Shake for 10 seconds and strain into cocktail glass
- Garnish with Basil leaf and serve
And there you have it. A truly classic drink, but now with a modern touch to bring it right up to date. Try it now and drop us a line in the comments to let us know what you think.
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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