Drink of the Week: Basil Flower

BY DI STAFF | JULY 31, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Magic: The beginning of August is upon us all, so before the sweet sand of summer slips through your fingers, we recommend something sweet, refreshing, and delicious. Today we have the Basil Flower, a fantastic summer cocktail made with a mixture of gin, lemon juice, basil sugar, orange bitters, and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Preferred garnishes include lemon and sunshine.

The Experience: This cocktail is a bit sweeter than the recipe would have you believe. The citrusy lemon and orange flavors are still there, but the St. Germain sweetens up the concoction. The basil sugar is an unexpected addition but adds another dimension to the drink. Gin has always had a somewhat spicy flavor thanks to the juniper berries from which it is derived, and the basil complements that spice very nicely for an invigorating aftertaste.

Advice: You can get a delicious one of these at Donnelly’s Pub. The cost is $7, which may seem a bit high for one drink, but the size, strength, and especially the taste of the cocktail certainly give you your money’s worth. Try one before the summer is over, or feel free to make one at home for porch chilling.

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