Social Media has really put a lot of pressure on us regular folk to up the game in home decor, child-rearing, lifestyle, and food and drink, but I’m at your doorstep with a bottle of Absolut and a couple of limes in my hand to let you know that it’s ok to be what I like to call a “normie”.
You might think the drinks I’m making are fancy and special, but that’s because I don’t have children, so I have the disposable income to buy a fancy camera and computer, and the time and space to set up a pretty little corner in my house to shoot them. Occasionally a cat wanders into my setup, but for the most part I’m left to do my own thing unmolested.
One principle I live by is to master the basics of a recipe and then expand on them with a simple twist. A cocktail at its most basic is a spirit + mixer + bonus flavor agent. Once you get a hang of this, you can very easily expand a basic recipe into several distinct drinks. This particular cocktail is simply a standard Collins with an added herbal twist of fresh basil, so you can impress your grandpa and your hipster friends with it at the same time.
Basil Collins - makes 1 drink
2-3 basil leaves
2 oz vodka (or gin)
1 oz simple syrup
Juice of half a lemon
Lightly muddle the basil with vodka and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker, then gently shake with ice (otherwise you’ll end up with a lot of green bits in your drink). Strain over ice into a highball or collins glass and top with soda to taste (as always, I use Lemon La Croix).