April 2nd, 2010

Woohoo! It’s Friday! Not only is it Friday, but it’s really, really nice outside! I mean, I rarely need a reason to celebrate the start of the weekend, but when the weather forcast is above 70°F for the whole weekend, I think it’s time we get excited! I am so looking forward to soaking in the fresh air, visiting the market (and crossing my fingers that I see rhubarb) and just plain having a bit of time to relax.

This week’s happy hour is the kind of drink that’s just makes you want the sun to shine a little brighter. I never new lime, basil and gin could taste so good.

Cheers! To a lovely weekend!


from mix shake stir | makes 1 cocktail
2 oz gin
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz basil syrup (recipe below)
fresh basil for garnish
ice cubes
1. Place ice in a cocktail shaker and add gin, lime juice and basil syrup. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass.

2. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Cheers!


Basil Syrup
makes about 1 1/2 cups
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup loosely packes fresh basil leaves
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

2. Add the basil leaves and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat, cover and let stand at room temperature for 8-12 hours.

4. Strain into a glass jar, cover ad refrigerate until needed.


Comments: 10 Total

  1. Lisa (dinner party)

    April 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

    This is one of my favorite drinks. The basil syrup is great in lemonade too. Enjoy the nice weather!

  2. life according to celia

    April 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

    oh happy hour, how i’ve missed you…

  3. DailyChef

    April 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Hooray for happy hour!

  4. Justine

    April 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I have never heard of this, but I am quite the fan of gin-thank you for the idea!
    Have a great weekend-

  5. David

    April 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    Funny you feature this today, it just so happened i bought this brand of gin I had never tried over the weekend:
    http://www.ransomspirits.com/spirits.html (Ransom Old Tom Gin) from Oregon. It is a pinky tawny color, and smoother/less of a bite than more mainstream white gins. It’s quite nice!

    It might go well with this…

  6. Pam

    April 5, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I only recently discovered your site, but have eagerly kept coming back for more. With the addition of happy hour you’re now a firm favorite!

  7. Shaheen

    April 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I just did a double take when I saw Rickshaw! So curious how this drink got the name of a public transport vehicle that we use in Bombay!

  8. Kelly

    April 6, 2010 at 6:37 am

    shaheen- i got the recipe from danny meyer’s book mix shake stir. i believe they serve it at Tabla, which serves “New Indian Cuisine”. It’s super tasty!

  9. Shaheen

    April 7, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Aha I’ve heard good thing about Tabla. Now I get the connection. But given that basil isn’t an Indian herb I’m a little taken aback with the connection. Oh well, who cares as long as it tastes great, right?

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