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Basil Gimlet (Serves 1)

Copyright 2012, Jon Gasparini, All Rights Reserved

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7 organic basil leaves
½ ounce simple syrup
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
1½ ounce 209 Gin

Place 6 of the basil leaves in the palm of your hand and clap. Place the leaves in the base of a cocktail shaker and add the simple syrup and lime juice. Pummel the basil leaves with a muddler to release the oils. Add the gin to the shaker along with ice. Put the top on the cocktail shaker and shake. Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a glass.

Place the remaining basil leaf in your hand and clap. Garnish the cocktail with the basil leaf and serve.