Fourth of July Cocktails: Raspberry Basil Gimlet

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After several freelance assignments, interviewing expert mixologist on their choice summer drinks, I decided to take matters into my own hands and become creative as well.

Normally, I’ll just grab a bottle or two of wine to bring to a friend’s cookout and call it a day, but on this particular Sunday afternoon, the months of writing farm-to-table cocktails and house-made everything, had me wanting to toot my own drink horn.

Friends of ours were kind enough to open up their amazing backyard on this gorgeous cookout-perfect weather day (there may have been some coaxing involved from others, like yours truly, who does not have a backyard area, but they were MORE than happy to!).

IMG_2413I promised I would not only be bringing some heavenly marinated chicken and a special extra to throw on the grill, but that I would be making a delicious summer cocktail on the spot with the raspberries and basil I had recently purchased.

Naturally, I sent this and had yet to come up with an actual cocktail…but alas…details…details.

I knew I wanted to use this vodka that the boyfriend had brought back from his Bahama kayak adventures and that I wanted a cocktail that did not involve an immense amount of ingredients.

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I settled on a Raspberry Gimlet Basil Gimlet, made of vodka, raspberries, basil, lime juice and agave syrup (you can use simple syrup if you want but I LOVE agave).

Now, I will say that I was a bit preoccupied in the corner of my friends kitchen for a few minutes, muddling raspberries and whipping up these gimlets for everyone, but it was well worth it. Tastebuds were happy and mouths were refreshed on this warm summer afternoon.

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Raspberry Basil Gimlet

(makes 1 drink)

2 oz. Vodka

juice of half a Lime ( 1 oz.)

1 oz Agave (or Simple Syrup)

3 fresh Basil Leaves

8 whole fresh Raspberries

Muddle raspberries, basil leaves and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add in the vodka, lime juice and some ice. Shake and strain into a glass of your choosing. Garnish it up with some fruit if you’d like.