Runner Happy Hour: Basil Gimlet Cocktail

Try this quick and delicious drink to wind down after a evening sweat session.

basil gimlet
Photo: Tina Rupp

This is one of the easiest drinks to make and super refreshing. Basil is high in vitamin K, considered as important for strong bones as calcium. So shake it up and enjoy it after an evening run!

Basil Gimlet
Serves 1

1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup (recipe below)
7 fresh basil leaves, plus 1 for garnish
2 oz. gin

In a mixing glass or shaker, combine lime juice, simple syrup, basil and gin. Muddle the basil leaves lightly to release flavor. Fill halfway with ice and shake vigorously for at least 10 seconds, until very well chilled and hydrated with the water from the ice. Double strain into a martini or coupe glass. (A second fine-mesh strainer will help capture any bits of basil.) Garnish with a small basil leaf.

Simple Syrup: Add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Let cool, and store in a mason jar in the fridge.

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