I’m not gonna lie – drinks that take the names of other drinks instead of having their own individual name, well, that irritates me. Call me an old stick-in-the-something, or shake your head at my nuttiness, but I think creative drink makers also need to be creative drink namers. That’s just my thing, baby. But it doesn’t keep me from drinking really good drinks that hold less-than-awesome names. Such as the Purple Basil Gimlet, from Paul Abercrombie’s wonderful book Organic, Shaken and Stirred, which is packed with tasty drinks that utilize organic ingredients (as you might guess, if you were anything but an awful guesser). Its spice and citrus flavor is swell. Try it, and see if I’m wrong (PS: I’m not wrong).
Purple Basil Gimlet
2 ounces Bluewater Halcyon organic gin (or other organic gin)
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed organic lime juice
1/2 ounce organic agave nectar
5 organic purple basil leaves
1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the gin, lime juice, agave nectar, and 4 purple basil leaves.
2 Shake vigorously, then fine strain the mixture into a martini glass. Float 1 more basil leaf on top of the drink.