The Gin and Basil cocktail is a classic cocktail that has been around for decades. There are several legends surrounding the origin of this cocktail. One legend is that it was created by a bartender in the country of Greece in honor of Winston Churchill who visited there during World War II. Another origin story says that it was named for an American woman who had her favorite combination of gin and basil which inspired her friends to create this cocktail for her when she moved away to South America. It has a strong flavor of gin, with just enough sweetness from the sugar cane syrup, and the basil provides a crisp taste, which balances out the drink. It’s one of those classic cocktails that never goes out of style.
½ ounce simple syrup
5-10 basil leaves
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces gin
Basil leaves for garnish
1. In a mixing glass, muddle the simple syrup, basil leaves, lemon juice, and gin.
2. Add ice and shake vigorously for about twenty seconds.
3. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.