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Author Notes: I almost never drink anything other than coffee, wine or beer (oh, and water, of course!)...unless it is made with lime juice. After moving to the East Coast, I developed a penchant for lime rickeys. They're a refreshing summer drink, made even more delicious and refreshing with the addition of some muddled herbs. Mint is, of course, good, but I love the mild licorice punch added by using sweet basil. And, if you want to add a splash of rum or vodka, I definitely won't stop you! —fiveandspice
- 1 lime
- 1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar boiled together, then cooled)
- 1 sprig sweet basil leaves (this is a matter of taste, I use 3-4)
- soda water
- Muddle the basil leaves in the bottom of a tall glass. Squeeze the lime and add it's juice to the glass. Stir in the simple syrup. Add a few ice cubes, then top with soda water to reach the desired strength. Garnish with another sprig of basil or a cucumber slice.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe Using Fresh Basil
Say Hello to the Open Road
Where we've been (and still want to go) this summer
Say hello to the open road.
We shall call them pop-tails.
We are in love—with this toast.