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I love a good gin based cocktail. Most every bartender can make a basic Tom Collins without screwing it up too bad. Which is good for you on dollar well drink nights at your local watering hole. This cocktail is a little more mature than those watered down cheapies. It’s perfect for those who love herbs or gin or citrus.

Blackberry and Basil Gin and Tonics (a variation of this recipe)

  • 12 blackberries
  • 12 basil leaves, torn
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 12 ounces gin
  • Tonic water
  • Ice

Set out four high ball glasses. Place 3 blackberries, 3 basil leaves, juice of ½ lemon, and 1 tablespoon simple syrup in each glass and muddle together. Fill each glass with ice, followed by 3 ounces of gin. Top off each drink with tonic water, stir and serve. Makes 4 drinks.