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.
- 5 basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 4 ounces Champagne
Muddle basil leaves with sugar in a shaker. Add gin, lemon juice, and ice. Shake, and strain. Add ice and Champagne.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2011