24 Drinks: Chris Milligan’s Basil-ica Cocktail

Cocktail Culture’s going to keep the gin drinks coming with “24 drinks with Beefeater 24,” a warm-weather series that’ll stretch through summer and provide you with some delectably light cocktails.

This week, we’re featuring a cocktail from bartender Chris Milligan of Secreto Lounge in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here’s what Chris has to say about it:

“I named this drink in honor of St Francis Cathedral-Basilca here in Santa Fe. It is a great little drink, designed in a classic sense and uses fresh ingredients, which is the basis I try to use with all the drinks I make.”

The recipe is below but be sure to check out Chris’ own post about the cocktail on his blog, Santa Fe Barman.

The Basil-ica Cocktail (recipe and photo courtesy of Chris Milligan)

2 oz Beefeater 24

1/2 oz St. Germain

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz simple syrup.

4 large basil leaves

1 dash Peychaud Bitters

1 dash Orange Bitters (he uses Regan’s)

Muddle basil, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters.  Add Gin and St Germain.  Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with Basil leaf and long orange twist.

To learn more about Chris & the great work he’s doing at Secreto Lounge, check out Colleen Graham’s recent interview with the bartender.
Cheers!

-SH

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One response to “24 Drinks: Chris Milligan’s Basil-ica Cocktail

  1. Sounds good- though 7 ingredients are few too many.

    Also it is not really a great little drink – as there is quite a lot of alcohol in – 6 cl [2 oz] gin – plus 1.5 cl St. Germain is substantial.

    Would be great to reduce the drink [volume and ingredients] a bit…

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