Some days just call for cocktails.
Basil Cucumber Mojito
6-8 fresh basil leaves (plus more for garnish)
1 lime (half juiced and half cut into wedges)
English cucumber (1″ thick slice cut in half plus 3 thin slices)
1 TB. honey simple syrup (*see below)
1 shot white rum (or vodka)
In a sturdy glass or jar, add basil leaves, lime juice, lime wedges, thick slices of cucumber, honey simple syrup and rum.
With a muddler or wooden spoon, work to combine flavors (until the basil leaves and cucumber start to break down).
Fill glass half way (or a bit more) with ice. Add the thin cucumber slices and top with soda water. Garnish with a basil leaf.
*For the honey simple syrup, combine equal parts honey and water (say 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water) in a saucepan.
Stir over medium heat until the honey dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool completely before using.
Store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge. Works great for sweetening iced tea and other summer drinks too!