Basil Sour

Basil Sour - student project

I started with gin because it's refreshing and complex. With that in mind I looked throughout the house for inspiration. I decided to make an infused simple syrup but otherwise stay with a simple 3 ingredient concoction.



2 oz Gin

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

1/2 oz Basil-Lemon Simple Syrup

     (Mix 1c sugar with 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add 5-7 fresh basil leaves      
     (chopped) and the zest of 1/2 Lemon. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let sit for 30 minutes and then strain.
     Let the syrup cool before using.)

Cucumber slices and basil leaf for Garnish


Put all ingredients into a shaker and add ice.

Shake until very cold (15-20 seconds)

Strain into chilled coup or rocks glass.

Garnish with cucumber slice and basil leaf.


I really like the way this drink came out. I was worried about making the basil component sweet but it works great. Plus the fragrance is incredible. This would work great as a pre-dinner drink because the savory elements increases my appetite. I may try it with some club soda to lighten it up a bit and maybe a pinch of salt.

Happy concocting.