Spring is finally here on the east coast and there’s nothing that goes better with it than a light, refreshing early evening beverage. And with that, I present the Rickshaw, a tangy gin and lime based concoction sure to put a smile on your face. The secret smile-inducing ingredient that takes this drink to another level is basil-infused simple syrup.
You must make the syrup first because it needs time to steep. To do so, add 1/2 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has melted. Add 1/4 cup of fresh loosely packed basil leaves and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 8 hours. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and there you have the basil-infused simple syrup.
To make the cocktail, add gin, fresh squeezed lime juice and basil syrup to a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice. You should use a leaf or two of basil for garnish. However, if like me, you used it all, a sprig of mint will do just fine.
Although this drink was lovely in spring, I am going to certainly make a case for it in the summer, and perhaps all year round. Cheers!
from Danny Meyer
makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces gin
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce basil syrup (see recipe below)
fresh basil for garnish
ice cubes and crushed ice
- Place ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and add gin, lime juice and basil syrup. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass full of crushed ice.
- Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
makes about 3/4 cup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
- Add the basil leaves and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cover and let stand at room temperature for 8 hours.
- Strain into a glass container, cover and refrigerate until needed.