Cocktail: The Green Knight

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This one was a surprise.

I had some fresh Thai basil from the garden and thought I'd try to come up with a nice, herbal drink to use it. I thought I'd use Crème de Violette just for the purple color (although the flavor is also great, especially with gin), but then at the last moment I added some sweet vermouth. That addition shockingly changed the color to a rich green.

It doesn't hurt that the drink tastes pretty fantastic, either.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Muddle the basil gently in a mixing glass. (I do this by placing a few ice cubes over the leaves, covering the glass with my hand and shaking the glass up and down a bit.)
  2. Add the other ingredients and stir until well chilled.
  3. Strain into a coupe or martini glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.