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