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NOVEMBER 3, 2009 6:45AM

FOODIE TUESDAY ~Basil Gimlet, mmmmyummm!

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As you know, Edo and I just got back from a recent trip to Yosemite. There I had a lovely cocktail  drink I would like to share with you. It was so AMAZING I had to tell myself to sip, just sip, ladies do not gulp! And, I only had one, more than that and I may have taken up rock climbing. But before I get to the recipe, I have a little favor to ask of you. Would you please click on the Youtube  video for some mood music, this is my FAVORITE song right now, straight from the heart of Yosemite!



  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 1  large bunch basil, coarsely chopped
  • Ice
  • 6  tablespoons  gin
  • 4  tablespoons  lime juice
  • Basil sprigs, for garnish (optional)


1. Make basil syrup: In a large microwave-safe measuring cup, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, and basil.

2. Microwave on high until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Let basil steep in syrup 20 to 30 minutes, then strain (you'll have enough syrup for 4 drinks).

4. Fill 2 highball glasses with ice. Into each glass, pour 3 tbsp. gin, 4 tbsp. basil syrup, and 2 tbsp. lime juice. Stir and serve, garnished with basil sprigs.

Tip: Add lemon juice and chilled water to the leftover syrup and serve over ice for basil lemonade.

Sunset, APRIL 2009 

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oh my god, this sounds delicious! i want one right now! i'm a vodka gimlet girl myself, but i'm open to new experiences. this is not my kind of music. in fact, it's cracking me up. is this Tiny Tim singing? sorry. what i love about you, one of many things, is your eclectic taste. :) love love lvoe and gratitude
Teddy, wouldn't it be a kick to have a gimlet party?
i know, i know, this music is VERY corny! the singer is Slim Whitman, in case you wanted to hear some of his other great hits! ;)
It looks pretty - can't imbibe myself but I sure do like a good foodie post!
Kate, I think you could make a nice limeade and add some small fresh basil bits and get close to the same effect!
Ooooh, next time I invite friends over this is what I'm making!!!
MaMoore and AtHomePilgrim,
I'm up for a basil gimlet party, how 'bout you?
Usually when I see Foodie Tuesday, I go the other way. But this one was great. If I still drank I would be on the way to the liqueur store to give this a try!
I hope it wasn't bad for me to post this, what with alcohol in it and all. I'm pretty much a teetotaler except for special occasions, like the Yosemite trip.
Thanks for your comments, I always enjoy them!
My husband loves a good vodka gimlet, and we both like basil (we grow it every year). We will have to give this one a try. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
Well, this is really a "take" on the Indian Love Call -- I must say when it was sung in Yosemite at Fire Fall time -- usually a soprano soloist that they probably dug up from the kitchen. As for the drink, I will toast you in April -- and then someone will have to help me on the bus or walk me to my room.
Edo and I got to tour the kitchen at the Ahwahnee Lodge this year. I don't recall hearing any sopranos singing there!
Check out my other blog about Yosemite if you haven't yet, there's another version of the Indian Love Call there for you to hear.
It IS delicious! just don't put any grass clippings in this, only basil!
Wow, loved this Debb! Can't wait to try this recipe; I never know what to do with left over basil! *Rated Mmmm!*
This sounds interesting. I had never seen basil used outside of savory things, usually with tomato, until we were at an outdoor wedding this summer, and were served basil lemonade during that standing around, waiting for the wedding participants to arrive period. It was wonderful.
I love basil but have always used it for Italian dishes. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this on the menu. It was so fragrant and tasted good, too!
Thanks for stopping by!