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Come Party With Me: My Half Birthday — Drinks

The best thing about hosting your half birthday party — or any party — at a bar is that you don't have to worry about the drinks! My soirée is at Rye — a bar that specializes in classic cocktails made with fresh and fabulous ingredients. Guests can choose and order what they feel like drinking. Rye offers specialty cocktails, wine, and beer.

I will most likely drink their basil gimlet at the happy hour. A lovely blend of fresh basil and lime, this is a refreshingly light cocktail. To see how it's made,

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Basil Gimlet

Basil Gimlet

Basil Gimlet

Ingredients

5 basil leaves
1 medium lime
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
2 1/2 ounces vodka or gin

Directions

  1. Place five basil leaves in a mixing glass. Squeeze the lime into the glass. Press down on the leaves with a muddler and twist 4 to 5 times.
  2. Fill glass three-quarters of the way with ice cubes. Add the simple syrup and vodka or gin.
  3. Give the glass a good shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Float a piece of the muddled basil on the top as a garnish.

Makes 1 drink.

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Different...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Different...
brittanybe brittanybe 8 years
How do you pronounce it-- with a hard or soft g? I don't want to sound like a moron ordering one.
jossfan23 jossfan23 8 years
gin gimlets are my go-to drink ... i need to try the basil addition!
Advah Advah 8 years
Same here. Marci! :D I love the idea of fresh basil, I'll have to try and make this cocktail some time!
Advah Advah 8 years
Same here. Marci! :DI love the idea of fresh basil, I'll have to try and make this cocktail some time!
Marci Marci 8 years
When IS your half birthday, partysugar? 'Cause I'm sure ready to celebrate with you, after all these posts! :)
lynda-LNKitchen lynda-LNKitchen 8 years
the fresh juices at rye are great. i'm surprised more places in sf don't have them... portland is crawling with fresh juice at cocktail bars.
Brittneylb Brittneylb 8 years
Every time I have tried drinks with basil I feel like I am drinking a salad, but this one sounds good, kind of like a mojito with basil instead of mint.
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