This is by far one of the best drinks we have. The flavors are incredible but the best part about this drink is that it could be served to the most hardened sailor or someone who hates gin; yet they would both love it. This drink is dangerously subtle and it's fresh and herbal qualities make it go down like ice water. With a nose that is beautifully botanical, the first taste is a sweet lime and herbal gin that is immediately cleared off the palette by a refreshingly dry basil finish. Yet, it is the lingering flavor that is left behind that brings this drink to the pinnacle of its perfection by letting each and every flavor ruminate in conjunction with one another while incessantly bidding you for another sip. Great with light appetizers or served up ice cold by itself, we highly recommend (as we always do with our cocktails) giving this one a try for yourself.
Start by squeezing 2 slices of the lime into a shaker or mixer and drop the lime slices in once you have squeezed them. Add the basil and cucumber and muddle ingredients together well.
Once thoroughly muddled, add in the gin, vermouth, and lillet. Shake thoroughly and let sit for up to 10 minutes so that the liquors can soak up the flavors.
Shake the container one last time to mix them together and strain the ingredients so that all you have left in the shaker is liquid. If you do not strain it carefully, you can get seeds from the cucumber and lime so be careful. Once it is just liquid, add plenty of ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into chilled cocktail glass & garnish with thinly sliced cucumber and option thin strand of lime rind. Enjoy!