Raspberry Basil Collins

Raspberry Basil Collins

Sounds like Prohibition-era New York, tastes like the best girlie cocktail.



Level: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 bunch Basil
  • ⅔ cups Sugar
  • ⅔ cups Water
  • 1 whole Lemon, Zest And Juice
  • _____
  • ⅓ cups Raspberries
  • ½ cups Gin
  • 1 cup Seltzer Water Or Club Soda
  • 1/2 Cucumber


To Make the Basil Syrup:

Toss the basil leaves, sugar, water, and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and allow to infuse for half an hour (if you’ve got the time — and longer won’t hurt). Strain, discarding the leaves and peel and reserving the syrup.

To Make The Raspberry Puree:

Place the raspberries in a blender with the lemon juice, and enough of the syrup to allow for smooth processing (generally 2-4 Tbsp should be fine). Puree until it’s blitzed into a smooth sauce. If you don’t fancy seeds in your beverage, pass the puree through a strainer to remove them, scraping it with a spoon to make sure all of the puree passes through.

To Assemble Your Raspberry Basil Collins:

In a glass, mix together:

1 shot gin
1 shot raspberry puree
3/4 shot basil syrup

Top this mixture with an equal amount of soda water, toss in a few slices of cucumber, and taste, adjusting to your drinking preference. Drink languorously, with plenty of ice.

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