Cucumber and Basil Lemon Spritzer
2 oz vodka
¾ oz Limoncello
¾ oz fresh lemon
2 cucumber slices
¾ oz basil simple syrup
basil and cucumber wheel garnish
Basil simple syrup
2 cups sugar
1 ½ cups cold water
2 tablespoons corn syrup
¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves
To a cocktail shaker, add cucumber and muddle. Add vodka, Limoncello, lemon and basil simple syrup and shake over ice. Strain and pour into a tall rocks glass over ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with fresh basil sprig and a cucumber wheel.
Basil Simple Syrup
Combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup in medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, until all the sugar is completely dissolved. Do not allow the syrup to come to a full rolling boil.
While the sugar is cooking, finely chop the basil and place half in a mesh bag or loose tea steeper and place into the sugar mixture. Set the other half aside.
When slightly cooled, remove cooked basil, add fresh basil and chill.