Even in this dry, hot summer, our basil seems to thrive - and with summer vacation drawing to an end, I couldn't think of a more perfect use for the bounty of our garden, than a cocktail.
This combination was wonderful - a mixture of many of my favorite cocktail ingredients - and I loved that the sweetness of the liquor and simple syrup was balanced with the lime and basil.
2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce elderflower liquor
1 squeeze of fresh lime
1/2 ounce simple syrup or agave nectar
2 large basil leaves
Combine ingredients in a shaker. Muddle the basil gently into liquid to release oils, but do not break apart.
Shake well and strain into chilled martini glass.
Garnish with basil leaves.