Enchanted Dry Daiquiri

Basil syrup adds a refreshing herbal undertone to this citrus- and Falernum-splashed Daiquiri.

2 oz. white rum
1/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
1/4 oz. Velvet Falernum
1/2 oz. basil syrup (see below)
3/4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: fresh basil leaf

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake to chill and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

Basil syrup: Combine 10 to 15 medium-sized fresh basil leaves, 2 cups of boiling water and 2 cups of granulated sugar. Let steep for 30 minutes, then strain into a glass bottle and chill before using.

Tim Cooper, GOLDBAR, New York City