Cocktails on the Croft

Living alone, I do far too little drinking.  Somehow, drinking alone at home feels vaguely unseemly to me and I’ve decided I’ve got to nip that nonsense in the bud!  So once a month or maybe every couple of weeks I’m going to try a new mixed drink….and maybe some old favorites, too.  I’m also going to try to use some harvested or foraged goods from the croft as much as possible.  What good is having an acreage if it can’t get you drunk?!? Heh, heh *awkward laugh*

Basil Gin Gimlet

This week I tried a Basil Gin Gimlet. I LOVE Gin – definitely my favorite booze. Therefore, I love a nice gimlet. If you are unfamiliar with it, a gimlet is usually just gin with a smidge of lime juice, maybe a little bit of simple syrup, but usually just lime, and it’s most often served up but I enjoy it on the rocks as well.

The Basil Gin Gimlet throws basil into the mix which I think sounds green and delicious. 


Recipe Source:

  • 1.5 oz of your favorite Gin
  • 4 leaves of Basil
  • Simple Syrup
  • Lime Juice

Muddle the basil leaves in a shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and a bunch of ice. Shake like there’s no tomorrow, then pour into a lovely glass and garnish with more basil.

As I have previously admitted, I’m kind of lazy – or just like to be efficient – so I took the easy way out and replaced the fresh lime juice and simple syrup with Rose’s Lime Juice. Rose’s Lime Juice is basically lime juice and sugar, so it doesn’t taste as fresh but it’ll do in a pinch and has the advantage of keeping in the fridge for a long time.

I really enjoyed this drink! Basil is such a strong-tasting herb but this has just the right amount to add a bit of the Basil flavor while not being overpowering. It’s nice and bright and tastes like summer! I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Recommendation

I love books and reading, so I can’t resist including a book recommendation with each post. The book will, in some way, correspond to the post.

Of COURSE on a post about a cocktail, I am going to be choosing a book about the roaring ’20s. It’s kind of funny but not surprising, that when the government outlawed alcohol, the citizens would turn around and make that period the golden age of cocktails! It was also a decade of people drinking a lot of dodgy things and poisoning themselves and others, so the book I am recommending is a non-fiction book called The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum. No it’s not an instruction manual for poisoning people. This was a 5 star book for me and will not only give you some insights into how forensic medicine started to be used but also why we should be thankful for some government regulation.

Click the book below to check it out.

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