Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mixology Monday - Basil Vodka Gimlet

Food and beverage blogging has turned into an addiction. Every day I get new posts sent to me from all over the world. The connections other bloggers have made in the broad universe we all occupy often provide even more leaps for me find out more. I can't help clicking! I heard about Mixology Monday this way. Mixology Monday is a monthly online cocktail party. Did somebody say cocktail party?

For this month’s event on September 20th the subject is lime. Lime is epic when it comes to cocktails and is always best when used fresh. My cocktail for the party is a Basil Vodka Gimlet made with hand-infused basil vodka and a lime syrup made from lime zest and juice.

Lime Syrup

½ cup water
½ cup superfine sugar
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 4 limes

Slow simmer the sugar, water and lime zest for 5 minutes. Take it off the stove and allow to cool. Strain the cooled syrup to remove the zest. Add the lime juice and mix well. Chill and use at the bar.

Basil Vodka Gimlet

2 parts hand-infused basil vodka
2 parts lime syrup

Mix vodka and syrup in a rocks glass and add ice to fill glass. Garnish with fresh basil and/or slice of lime. The flavors in the drink a nice and clean and the lime provides a crispness and acidity that makes this drink and ideal refresher for a hot summer day.
I wrote about my first attempt with this drink, a few others and the process I used to make the basil vodka back in July. You can check that post out here.

Earlier this week I also made a batch of pirate grog that also features the eponymous lime in an old cocktail. Arrrrrr, come check out my spin on grog!




Doug Winship said...

I love that the first two MxMo posts to come in are both Gimlets. And they could not be more different!

Unknown said...

that is sort of like heaven in a glass

Carolyn Jungw said...

I adore basil and lime in cocktails. Talk about the most refreshing combo ever.

Unknown said...

I'm infusing vodka with Key limes and Thai basil but wasn't sure what I was going to make so your post is a timely one for me, thanks for sharing:)