Candied Basil is an elegant garnish for cocktails and cakes—plus it's much easier to make than you might think. So easy, in fact, a kid can make it (my 8 year old did it by herself). Get the recipe, and step-by-step instructions, at In Jennie's Kitchen.
Ingredients: 1 oz Hangar One Buddha’s hand vodka 1 oz Manzanilla sherry oz lemon juice oz Buddha’s hand cordial oz sparkling water 5 large Thai basil leaves 5 strips of candied lemon peel Thai basil flower for garnish
Lillet-Basil Cocktail (Serves cup Ice and extra for serving (½ cup) Lillet Blanc Gin fresh orange juice (¼ cup) loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish Splash of tonic water 1 cucumber spear, for garnish 1 cinnamon stick, for garnish