Taste the basil you get from the market before you muddle it into the cocktail. Young, tender basil leaves should be sweet and fragrant. As it gets hotter in the summer, basil grows in size and becomes spicier, so you may want to use less.
To learn more, read "The Best Lei'd Plans."
Luau Basil Cocktail
Recipe adapted from Kyle Reutner, Hawaii Bitters Company
Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 basil leaves, plus more for garnish
¾ ounce St-Germain
1½ ounces rum
¾ ounce lime juice
1½ ounces soda water
1 fresh lychee, with skin on (optional)
1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil leaves with the St-Germain.
2. Add the rum and lime juice, fill the shaker with ice, then shake vigorously until well chilled.
3. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with soda water and garnish with lychee and basil leaves. Serve.