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 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.