½ oz lime juice
½ oz Aperol
½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
¼ oz Creme de Cacao
2 oz mezcal (we use Del Maguey Vida)
a splash of cream soda (we use Boylan’s)
a grip of BASIL
Combine all but cream soda and basil in a shaker with ice and give it a quick shake. Strain over crushed ice, top with cream soda and garnish generously with a bouquet of basil.
The bouquet of basil is meant to be sniffed deeply while drinking through a short straw, as aroma affects the perception of taste.
Oh, what strangeness awaits you in this drink. It is a flight of fantasy: an epic journey that starts with a faceful of fragrant basil. It traverses through landscapes of unrecognizable, yet familiar flavors, and somehow is oddly refreshing despite its potent elixirs.
It is loosely based on the category of cocktails referred to as a Sling, but has the appearance of a Julep. Instead of sprigs of mint, we used a bouquet of basil. Perfect for a day in the sun watching the luckdragon races.
There are notes of bitter orange and chocolate, and smoke and honey.
While developing this recipe, we discovered that it works with a wide variety of spirits. Switch the mezcal out for gin, tequila, or whiskey (we like lemon juice with the whiskey variation).
“A delicious-looking limestone rock. Mmm! Nice bouquet. Must be a real vintage year.” —Rock Biter from The Never Ending Story
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BASIL // Ocimum Basilicum
Basil has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used in Ayurvedic practices for centuries for youthful skin. Granted, we put this in the drink for the aroma, but go on ahead and eat your garnish. We won’t judge.