Thirsty Thursday: Basil Ginger Gin Fizz
Sweet basil and fragrant ginger get combined to create a summer-y boozy beverage with a pop of fizz.
As I was perusing Cooking Light magazine the other day, I came across a basil and ginger infused beverage and I thought to myself, “Hmm, that’s an interesting combination of flavors.”
My brain was shaking its head, while my tastebuds were screaming “Try it!” I decided to go with tastebuds since I have an abundance of basil growing rapidly in my garden and a fresh bottle of gin on the bar.
The next day, I gathered all of the ingredients and in the shaker they went. The outcome was a surprisingly delicious blend of summer flavors. The sweet basil and fragrant, spicy ginger are quite a pair. I used ginger beer to give the cocktail its signature ginger flavor and add the fizzy element that I love so much.
I highly recommend choosing a good quality bottle of gin for this recipe. I’m currently loving up on Citadelle and, my go-to, Tanqueray. If you’re willing to spend a little extra money, Hendrick’s is always a wise choice.
This Basil Ginger Gin Fizz is extremely easy to make. Muddle 4-5 basil leaves with 1 and 1/2 ounces of gin in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and give the mixture a few vigorous shakes. Pour over ice and top with 4 ounces of your favorite ginger beer (I’m currently hooked on Reed’s).
Sip that sweet, sweet boozy concoction until your heart’s content.
Basil Ginger Gin Fizz
Sweet basil and spicy, fragrant ginger come together to create a summer-y cocktail with a pop of fizz.
Yield: 1 serving
Total Time: 3 minutes
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
- 5 basil leaves
- 1 and 1/2 ounces gin
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- basil for garnish (optional)
- Muddle basil and gin in the cup of a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice and give the mixture a few vigorous shakes.
- Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of basil.