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Gin Basil Smash from Experimental Cocktail Club

Sometimes a great cocktail is made so easily you cannot quite believe it. From the great cocktail book Experimental Cocktail Club, here’s a delight from Joerg Meyer of Hamburg. It’s devastatingly easy: just basil, gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and ice. But, oh my, the possibilities. Not all basil is the same, so you can…

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Mint + Basil Mojito

For the 4th of July weekend, I offered up a Basil Mojito. It's a lovely cocktail and quite sufficient, yet I was left wondering. About that mint? What if I did both basil and mint? What would happen? I did the experiment and I'm very happy. Now, there are three ways for Suzen and me…

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Basil Mojito

If I say “mojito” then I don’t have to say “mint” because we all know that a mojito is made with mint. Except when it isn’t. Substitute basil for mint and you have a lovely cocktail, a bit more subtle, and one that you can nurture for some time as the ice melts and the…

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Basil Lemon Sorbet [and an herb substitution chart]

On the top edge of the picture above, you see some Double Berry Polenta Cake, which I posted about a few days ago. I said then that the cake was so good that it could stand on its own: no adornment needed. While that is true, Suzen often loves to pair cake with ice cream…

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