Move over, mint: Basil's spicy flavor puts a fresh spin on the traditional gimlet. Make the syrup before guests arrive—it keeps up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Move over, mint: Basil's spicy flavor puts a fresh spin on the traditional gimlet. Make the syrup before guests arrive—it keeps up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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Basil Gimlet Recipe  Adapted from Scott Beattie’s Live Basil Gimlet in The New York Times  Ingredients:    8 medium basil leaves  1 1/2 ounces gin  1 lime, juiced  1 to 2 teaspoons agave nectar, to taste    Instructions:    In a mixing glass, gently muddle the basil leaves.  Add lime juice, agave nectar and gin.  Fill with ice and shake well.  Strain into a martini glass.

Basil Gimlet Recipe Adapted from Scott Beattie’s Live Basil Gimlet in The New York Times Ingredients: 8 medium basil leaves 1 1/2 ounces gin 1 lime, juiced 1 to 2 teaspoons agave nectar, to taste Instructions: In a mixing glass, gently muddle the basil leaves. Add lime juice, agave nectar and gin. Fill with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass.

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I discovered the Basil Vodka Gimlet at a local Italian restaurant a few years ago. I'd never had one before but I've been sold ever since.

I discovered the Basil Vodka Gimlet at a local Italian restaurant a few years ago. I'd never had one before but I've been sold ever since.

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Cucumber Basil Gimlet Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com  | @saltandwind
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Basil Vodka Gimlets - Well worth the time to make the basil simple syrup. Absolutely delicious. The perfect summer drink. Be careful though! These go down really easy! I speak from experience.

Basil Vodka Gimlets - Well worth the time to make the basil simple syrup. Absolutely delicious. The perfect summer drink. Be careful though! These go down really easy! I speak from experience.

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Cool off after a hot summer day with this refreshing Cucumber Basil Vodka Gimlet! ~ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com

Cool off after a hot summer day with this refreshing Cucumber Basil Vodka Gimlet! ~ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com

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2 oz. gin 1/2 oz. blood orange juice 1/4 oz. basil syrup garnish with a 1/2 slice blood orange and small basil leaf

2 oz. gin 1/2 oz. blood orange juice 1/4 oz. basil syrup garnish with a 1/2 slice blood orange and small basil leaf

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