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Basil French 75

All kinds of cocktails perk up when herbs are added to the mix. The key to extracting the herbs' flavors and fragrant oils is muddling -- done with a traditional bar tool (that's similar to a mortar and pestle but gentler on delicate leaves) or the end of a wooden spoon. Try these cocktails: Mint-Ginger Caipiroska, Cilantro Negroni, Tequila-Thyme Lemonade

  • Yield: Makes 1

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2011

Ingredients

  • 5 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces Champagne

Directions

  1. Muddle basil leaves with sugar in a shaker. Add gin, lemon juice, and ice. Shake, and strain. Add ice and Champagne.

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