Spring is starting to bloom in the garden including herbs, flowers and trees. This drink from Food & Wine Magazine feels as fresh and easy as the new season. The addition of muddled basil and a bit of celery bitters elevates the standard gimlet up a notch. Happy Easter!
5 basil leaves, plus 1 small basil sprig for garnish
1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 1/4 ounces London dry gin
1 ounce simple syrup
Drop of celery bitters
In a cocktail shaker, add the basil and the lime juice and muddle gently to release the aromatics. Then add the gin, simple syrup and celery bitters. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well, about 40 seconds. Fine strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass and garnish with a basil sprig.