- 50ml Sipsmith London
- Dry Gin
- 7 fresh basil leaves
- 50ml fresh lemon sour mix (see below)
Bartender’s method: set aside a single basil leaf. Place the remaining basil leaves and the lemon sour mix into a cocktail shaker. Muddle the basil: using the end of a wooden spoon (or a muddler if you have one), gently press and twist down on the basil to release its flavour. Add ice and gin. Shake well. Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass or tumbler. Garnish with the reserved basil leaf.
Quick method: combine all the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake hard. Dump the contents, ice and all, into a tumbler or rocks glass and enjoy all the bits of shredded basil in the drink.
Fresh lemon sour mix
250ml lemon juice
First make a simple syrup. Heat the water and pour over the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Once fully dissolved, combine with the lemon juice to make 500ml fresh lemon sour mix.
Sipsmith: Sip is published by Mitchell Beazley, £15.99 (octopusbooks.co.uk). Photo credit: Yuki Sugiura