Cucumber Basil Sting Recipe

Recipe and styling Raphaella Frame-Tolmie Photograph Russell Smith Ingredients:

  • 6 tots gin
  • 2T vermouth
  • 2 lemon grass stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tonic water
  • 1 cucumber cut into ribbons
  • Basil leaves for garnish
Directions: Combine the gin, vermouth, lemon grass, basil, lime juice, sugar and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve, into a jug. Add the tonic water and stir through. Fill six glasses with cucumber ribbons and ice. Pour the cocktail over the ice and cucumber; garnish with basil leaves. Serves 6 This recipe was originally featured in the November 2013 issue of House and Leisure. Craft cocktails are a major trend for 2014. For more trends, make sure you get hold of our January/February Trends issue, on sale now.