Need to stay cool today? Try this refreshing drink. Substitute a bubbly soda (like club soda) for a non-alcoholic version.
BASIL LEMON DROP COCKTAIL
8oz lemon-basil syrup (see below)
7-8oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
6 oz vodka
sprigs of basin and thin slices of lemon for garnish
Combine syrup, juice, and vodka in a shaker with ice. Shake until frosted. Pour over ice and garnish with basil and lemon.
4c basil leaves
peel from 4 lemons (minimizing white pith)
Bring all ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan and stir to dissolve sugar. Let cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Strain, pressing solids to extract all the syrup. Store cold until ready to use.