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Basil Gimlet

Basil adds an herbal note to a traditional gimlet.

  • 5 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade*
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1-1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime slices

In cocktail shaker combine basil chiffonade, vodka, lime juice, and powdered sugar. Add ice cubes. Cover; shake vigorously until very cold and basil leaves are broken up. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime slices. Makes 1 cocktail.

*To make a chiffonade, stack basil leaves. Roll up leaves lengthwise, then cut leaves crosswise into small, thin slivers.