Strawberry Gin Lemonade
2-3 basil leaves, plus extra to garnish
Handful of strawberries, plus extra to garnish
Juice of half a lemon
250g caster sugar
Sicilian Lemonade (or other high-quality lemonade) or soda water, to top up
Make your syrup by washing, slicing and then very gently boiling a handful of strawberries with the lemon juice, 250ml water and the sugar. Simmer gently until the sugar as combined and thickened. Strain and allow to completely cool before use.
Muddle the basil leaves gently inside a rocks glass, then add ice to the glass. Add plenty of ice, gin and lemonade to a cocktail shaker and shake for a good 20 seconds, then strain the liquid from the shaker into the glass. Add your strawberry syrup and top with lemonade or a splash of club soda. Stir gently and garnish with a strawberry and a basil leaf.
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