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Blue Basil

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. Vodka

½ oz. Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup

½ oz. Lemon Juice

Dried Blueberries

Glassware and Tools

Shaker Tin

Mixing Glass

Hawthorn Strainer

Jigger

Martini Glass (Chilled)


Instructions

1. Using the jigger, measure the following and pour into the mixing glass:

- ½ oz. lemon juice
- ½ oz. blueberry basil simple syrup
- 1 ½ oz. vodka

2. Add ice to the mixing glass and place the shaker on top with a firm tap. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, allowing the mixture to go from one end of the shaker to the other.

3. Separate the mixing glass by applying a firm tap where the glass and shaker are no longer flush.

4. Use the Hawthorne strainer to strain the contents of the mixing glass into the martini glass.

5. Drop in the dried blueberries so that they sit on the bottom of the martini glass.

6. Enjoy!


Cocktails as Medicine?

The Gimlet was originally gin and lime, concocted as a medical remedy to battle the effects of scurvy. Many sailors suffered from Vitamin C deficiency, so to counteract the effects, the Surgeon General Sir Thomas Gimelette began recommending gin and lime juice. Hence the name Gimlet! The variation this month uses vodka instead of gin, and a blueberry basil syrup for a refreshingly sweet twist- exactly what the doctor ordered.