The US East Coast is currently suffering from an obnoxiously oppressive heat wave. Desperate times call for desperate beverages. With an end-of-the-month larder and cupboard, I was hard-pressed to craft something appropriate and refreshing. Then, I thought to myself, mojito! A mojito would hit the spot! This thought, pleasant as it was, was soon followed by no mint leaves to be found. Surely, with every other ingredient at hand save the mint, I could do something to achieve the cool, refreshing summer beverage. In my heat-induced stupour, a clear thought entered my mind: basil. Try using basil. The results: stupendous.
A cool refreshing summer beverage was to be had, and a new cocktail star is born. Only after the fact did a Google search reveal that many others have made this discovery long before me.
Take a handful (8-10) fresh basil leaves. Muddle in the bottom of a cocktail shaker along with 1/3 oz lime juice and 1 1/2 oz sugar syrup.
Add ice cubes and 2 to 3 oz quailty rum (PermsPicks recommends Goslings Black Rum or English Harbour). Shake well.
Pour into an Old Fashioned glass, top off with club soda, and garnish with a lime wedge.