Basil is so lovely and inexpensive at the Farmer's Market this time of year, and I find myself grabbing a bundle every week. It made sense, then, to use it in place of the usual mint in a mojito, at least to me! I also substituted honey for the simple syrup, since we always have that on hand, and dark rum. This was a little more exotic tasting than the usual cocktail, but no less refreshing, and very simple to make!
Honey Basil Mojito
1 1/2 ounces dark rum (I used The Kraken, because it's fun to say!)
1 tablespoon honey
2 large basil leaves
1/2 large lime
Lemon lime soda
Squeeze the lime juice into the bottom of a tall glass, and then toss the lime half in. Tear basil leaves in large pieces on top of lime. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, muddle the basil leaves with the lime until crushed.
Pour rum and honey on top of the lime and basil, and stir well. Fill glass with ice, top with lemon lime soda, and stir together.
It is best to drink this with a straw, to avoid getting basil leaves in your mouth.