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
simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar boiled together, then cooled)
sweet basil leaves (this is a matter of taste, I use 3-4)
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.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.