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Simple syrup sounds fancy, but it’s just sugar water. I make mine with 1 cup of water to 1 cup sugar, but many people use 1:½ ratio. Put the amount of water and sugar you want in a saucepan on medium high heat and let heat get to the point where all of the sugar has dissolved. Just before the mixture is about to boil you should tear up the bundle of basil leaves and put it in the sugar water mixture. At this point, turn off the heat and when it cools pour the mixture into a container to go into the refrigerator to chill.
Add the gin, simple syrup and lime juice together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds. If you don’t have one, you can use a glass jar and stir for 60 seconds. Strain the liquid into chilled martini glasses and garnish with a floating basil leaf.
Many thanks to Daniel Ussishkin for sharing this recipe!