June 10, 2015 10

Basil Tom Collins with Basil Honey Syrup

Basil Tom Collins, an herbal infused gin-based cocktail.
Basil Tom Collins with Basil Honey Syrup | Basil Tom Collins, a gin-based basil infused cocktail. An herby, light and bright basil tom collins cocktail for the summer.

The best part about moving to the Midwest.

And I’ve written about this before.

Is the ability to have a house.

With a backyard.

And a garden.

And a grill.

And a patio table and chairs.

And all of those adult things we never got to do or have while living in our city apartment. I so am fortunate and so happy that I have this outdoor space in my life right now. Last night we officially kicked-off our backyard barbecue season with some grilled veggie fajitas and some grilled garlic scapes. And some great guacamole and beer and some new and really wonderful Midwestern friends.

And while though there are still some days where I feel totally displaced and lonely here in the Midwest – the connections and friendships we’ve made here in St. Louis in such a short time are real and meaningful. And have proven to be vital to our success and happiness.

There’s something about the genuinity of Midwestern people that is refreshing. So, if you’re a St. Louisan and you’ve reached out to say hello – thank you so much. I really mean it. I means the world to me.

I’m in the mood this season to roll out a bunch of summer cocktails. Mostly ones infused with ingredients from my garden. Like this gin-based basil Tom Collins. This herbaceous cocktail comes together with the simplest of ingredients. Just a little gin, club soda, lemon, basil, honey and pink salt.

I’m going to keep the words light today because I’m headed out the door with my man for a little time away in Missouri wine country. But before I go, I’ve been meaning to tell you! I did a little interview over on Gabriel’s podcast, The Dinner Special. You can go make a basil Tom Collins, chill and give it a listen here.

Basil Tom Collins with Basil Honey Syrup | Basil Tom Collins, a gin-based basil infused cocktail. An herby, light and bright basil tom collins cocktail for the summer.

Basil Tom Collins with Basil Honey Syrup | Basil Tom Collins, a gin-based basil infused cocktail. An herby, light and bright basil tom collins cocktail for the summer.

Basil Tom Collins with Basil Honey Syrup | Basil Tom Collins, a gin-based basil infused cocktail. An herby, light and bright basil tom collins cocktail for the summer.

Basil Tom Collins with Basil Honey Syrup | Basil Tom Collins, a gin-based basil infused cocktail. An herby, light and bright basil tom collins cocktail for the summer.

Basil Honey Syrup

Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Serves 1 cup

See notes for a vegan option. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 filtered water
  • 1/2 cup honey {see notes}
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

Directions

Combine in a blender the basil leaves, water, honey and salt, and process until smooth.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve and into a container, and discard the pulp.

Recipe Notes

If you are vegan or want to avoid honey, you substitute 1 cup simple syrup in place of the water and honey, and blend and strain accordingly. 

Basil Tom Collins

Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Serves 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Basil Honey Syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • club soda
  • ice

Directions

Combine the basil honey syrup, gin and lemon juice in a shaker with ice and shake.

Fill a glass with ice and pour the basil gin combination over top.

Then top it with club soda, and give it a gentle stir. 

Enjoy responsibly!

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10 Responses to "Basil Tom Collins with Basil Honey Syrup"

  1. Reply

    sue | theviewfromgreatisland

    June 10, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    I love this cocktail – the basil sounds so refreshing!

  2. Reply

    lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    June 10, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Yes! I love using fresh herbs in cocktails. I made a basil julep and has quickly become one of my favourite. Have fun with your man! xo

  3. Reply

    Eileen

    June 11, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Basil in a cocktail sounds like such a fantastic idea for summer. Especially a gin cocktail!

  4. Reply

    Kathryn

    June 13, 2015 at 3:02 AM

    I love using basil in summer cocktails; it just seems so right and fresh at this time of year.

  5. Reply

    Megan A.

    June 15, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    My basil (and mint) plant is growing at a crazy fast pace this year, so this is such a great way to use some of it! And from one St. Louis transplant to another – welcome! I hope the Midwest, more specifically St. Louis, really grows on you. It really is a great city.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 20, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      Thanks, Megan! So far, St. Louis is pretty okay. It’s a huge change for me, but I am really starting to appreciate its small and vibrant food community, xo!

  6. Reply

    Renee Kemps

    June 16, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    This looks so refreshing! And love all the photos. Hope you’re enjoying the wine country!

  7. Reply

    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    June 17, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    I woke up this morning, wandered into my kitchen, perused the scene, settled myself on a glassful of basil growing roots and flowers by water alone, and decided the best way to wake myself up would be to stick my face into its leaves and breathe deep. Therefore I’m also concluding that I should now use this basil to make myself this Basil Tom Collins asap.

  8. Reply

    Jane Maynard

    July 8, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    These photos are gorgeous. Plus, I need to drink this!

  9. Reply

    Eden Passante

    October 24, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    I like the idea of basil being infused into this cocktail. It makes for such a unique and interesting drink! Great idea!

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