Grapefruit and Basil Cocktail
The unique blend of grapefruit and basil works together to create a perfectly refreshing cocktail.
fresh basil leaves,
basil simple syrup
gin or white rum
fresh basil leaves
Basil Simple Syrup: (Make ahead of time)
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil.
Tear basil leaves a few times, add them to the sugar mixture, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool completely; strain the simple syrup before bottling. Put in the refrigerator to chill for 2 to 3 hours.
Add 2 to 3 basil leaves to a cocktail shaker, and using a muddler, crush the leaves.
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the grapefruit juice, basil simple syrup, and alcohol. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass filled with crushed ice or ice cubes. Garnish with grapefruit (optional).
The simple syrup will make about 8 cocktails. Store any unused simple syrup in an airtight container and use it within two weeks.