Updated: Jun 14, 2019
2 oz. Liberty Pole Bourbon
2 oz. basil simple syrup
2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 oz. Club Soda
Shake bourbon, simple syrup, and lemon juice over ice. Add Club Soda to the shaker and stir. Strain into a stemmed glass, add ice, then garnish with a basil leaf and lemon twist.
Basil Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup washed fresh basil leaves
Simmer in small saucepan until sugar dissolves and shut off the heat. Pour into a bowl and let the syrup cool and steep for 24 hours. Strain the basil out before using.
Now, if you are in a hurry, you can cool the syrup and then pulverize it in a blender. Strain the leaves off before use. This method makes a greener, basil forward cocktail like you can see in our picture above.
Another way to speed up the basil infusion is to put the syrup, after the sugar has dissolved, into a freezer bag and place in simmering water (135 degrees F is perfect) for two hours. Use a Sous Vide machine for best results. Cool the bag before straining off the basil.
We think this cocktail tastes pretty good with Italian food and other tomato based dishes.