I love growing herbs and flowers, but I'm absolutely terrible at taking care of them. I have a massive pot filled with thai basil that's not only gone to seed, it's flowered. Most people would say the basil's useless now, but it turns out the bitter flavor that comes with going to seed and the flowers is absolutely perfect as an addition to the The Classic Daiquiri. This re-imagined version is just as sweet with a hint of rich bitterness from the basil on the finish.
- 2 oz. rum
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 bar spoons (a little more than a splash) water
- 10 Thai basil leaves
- Sprig of basil flowers
Muddle the basil leaves, sugar, and water together gently. Add the lime juice, rum, and fill the shaker with ice and go to town. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a sprig of the basil flowers or a few smashed basil leaves.