This thai basil cocktail I've named a 'Bangkok G&T' transforms a run of the mill gin & tonic into something utterly delicious. Fragrant, floral and completely slurpable this is an amazing way to enjoy gin.
I love Thai cooking and always have a big stash of Thai basil (holy basil) at my disposal. It has all the flavour of Italian basil, with its own unique personality - a little more floral and complex - it's one of my favourite flavours
I actually first tasted this drink in Mexico (far away from Thailand!) a few years back at a fancy bar. I took a picture of the menu to remind myself what was in it, then set to recreating it on our return. While not the same mix as the Mexican version, my version is equally refreshing and delicious!
We've been drinking it since and mixing it up for anyone and everyone who visits. It's a wonderful summer cocktail, but also holds its own in the winter and I just love it! It's pretty simple, with only a few ingredients, and the results are the essence of Thailand in a glass:
- Thai Basil
- Lemon Juice
- Simple Syrup
- Tonic Water
It's lovely poured over ice for a cooling, citrus hit with floral notes. It's pretty much perfect!
What If you can't get Thai basil?
Many Asian stores will stock fresh Thai basil (holy basil), but if you can't get hold of it, you can absolutely substitute it for and Italian version - I've tried both and approve of either!