Cocktail Friday: Basil Gin Fizz

Basil Gin Fizz

I feel it is important that you all know something about me: I drive a minivan. Really, it’s true. This time last year, it was all Tokyo trains and taxis and bicycles and walking. Now it’s a minivan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have a vehicle to drive since public transportation is not really a thing ’round these parts. But a minivan? Yep.

I drove my minivan from Denver to Boulder on Wednesday and met Jen from Use Real Butter for lunch. It was great to sit and chat about blogs, food, black labs, and life in general. We ate at a great restaurant called The Kitchen, which I’m pretty much in love with after just one visit. The food was delicious (I had a Colorado lamb burger that was perfectly cooked) and the atmosphere is pretty much exactly what I would want my own restaurant to look like. Rustic sophistication might be the best way to describe it. When we were done with our lunch, I was planning to head to a coffee shop somewhere to do some blog work, since the rug rat was spending the day with Grandpa. So, I walked to my mini-van, hopped in to get some of my things together, and decided it would be easiest to take it all out from the passenger side of the car. I jumped out of the van, closed my door, went to the other side and…

Oh no…


Please tell me I didn’t just lock all the doors.

Yep. The driver’s side was also locked. I could see my keys perfectly on the other side of the glass, sitting next to my laptop and purse on the passenger seat.

It’s official. I’m locked out. Or my keys are locked in. Or whatever.

I called Brad and he, by some miracle, was able to make the 45 minute drive from Denver to Boulder to let me in so we didn’t have to spend a bazillion dollars on a locksmith. Hallelujah!

Basil Gin Fizz Recipe

But wait…there’s more.  As I sat waiting for Brad to unlock the minivan, a guy walked up to the front of my car and stands there for a moment.

What is that guy doing standing in front of my minivan, you might ask? Um, he’s giving me a parking ticket because my receipt is expired. I explained that my keys are locked in the car along with my purse and if I had my wallet I would happily buy another 2 hours of parking time. I’m not sure that he cared.

I’ll be checking the mail obsessively for a parking ticket over the next few weeks.

But I guess that’s cheaper than a locksmith, right? Hopefully…

Gin Fizz with Basil

Needless to say, the rest of my day did not go as planned. By the time Brad got to Boulder, it was time for me to head to another meeting, so I was able to blog for exactly zero minutes when I had anticipated almost 2 hours of free work time.

I’m going to go ahead and say that if I had this cocktail with me while I stood outside under a strangely cloudy Colorado sky, shivering and trying to look on the bright side of this situation, my wait would have been much more pleasant. I could have imagined that it was summer and I was spending all this time outdoors for a good reason. Not because I did something super flaky.

Basil Gin Fizz Cocktail

Did you have a rough week? Or perhaps you just want to welcome Friday evening with something sparkly and vaguely reminiscent of summer. Maybe Spring is making itself sparse even though it claims to have begun already? Regardless of where you find yourself this weekend, this fast, easy cocktail is sure to please. The bright basil with the piney gin and sparkling soda water is a match made in heaven. Just a little step up from the traditional gin fizz and perfectly appropriate for this time of year.

You can use almost any herb for this- mint, thyme, rosemary…I wouldn’t even rule out cilantro. A Gin Fizz is like a blank pallet of sorts, so if you’re looking to experiment with your own cocktail inventions, this is a great place to start.

So cheers to minivans, husbands who save the day, and the weekend.

Basil Gin Fizz

Adapted from Cookie + Kate’s Rosemary Gin Fizz recipe

Makes 1 cocktail

3 or 4 basil leaves, torn

Juice from 1/2 a small lemon

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 1/2 oz gin

3 oz club soda

In the bottom of a Collins glass, muddle the basil with the honey and lemon juice. Fill the glass to the top with ice, then add the gin. Stir with a stir stick to fully incorporate the honey into the gin. Top with the club soda. Serve with a stir stick and garnish with basil leaves and/or lemon wedge.

22. March 2013 by Rachael White
Categories: Cocktails & Appetizers | Tags: , , , , | 19 comments

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  • cocopuff1212

    My sister-in-law locked us out of the car once, when my baby was riding with us. Luckily I had just gotten him out of the car seat and out of the car when she shut the door. But the thought of having an infant sitting in the car, in 100-degree weather, while we wait for the fire dept. to come freaked me out and traumatized me so much that, since the incident, I’ve never gotten out of the car without the key on me. I mean, literally ON me, on a key chain around my neck. I do this even when I’m semi-dressed up. I look totally dorky but I always have the key ON me. I’m glad Brad was able to come right away and it was just inconvenience and didn’t end up with someone getting hurt or sick, if you know what I mean.

    On a totally different note, could you add a way to get to Set the Table from your Facebook page? You can go there from here, but not the other way around. Perhaps a link in About section?
    This receipe looks lovely and I can’t wait to try it.

    • TokyoTerrace

      Yes, I need to be better about keeping my keys on me…I haven’t had a problem with locking my keys in the car since I was a teenager, but I don’t want to risk it with Riley. I’m just relieved he was with his Grandpa and not in the car. Anyway, I guess I came out of it all with a good story! And yes- I’ll add the link to this site from my facebook page. I didn’t even realize it wasn’t up there already! Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Greg Henry

    Locked out, huh? Yep. You need a drink. GREG

    • TokyoTerrace

      I know, right? It was one of those days… Come to think of it, it’s been one of those weeks!

  • Keegan Larson

    Haven’t thought of a basil-gin mix before. Looks good!

    • TokyoTerrace

      It is very good! I usually pair gin with rosemary or thyme if I’m going for herb pairings. But the basil actually works incredibly well with the piney flavor of the gin. And the honey helps to add a gentle sweetness.

  • Angela M

    Your locked out story brings back memories from 2003. My husband, my 15 year old son (at the time) and I were traveling in a toyota sienna minivan troughout the maritime provinces in Canada. We had a few adventures like forgetting my purse with 10k cash in a Tim Hortons coffee place just to find it on the same chair 30 min later when we return (with the hearts the size of a pea) and getting locked out of the car in a remote parking lot. Toyota actually boasted that you cannot lock your keys in this car. Well… my son did it! Initially he did not want to get out of the car as he was waching a movie.  This was a beautiful place i believe somewhere in Newfoundland. The sea has carved bridges in stone and it was an amazing view. Did i mention that there is nothing else around? The last village we saw was more then an hour before and the next one would be about 2 hours or so ahead… Anyway, since Eddy said he would stay in the car and it was a hot august day, my husband let the engine runing as we walked the few minutes to the edge of the water. There was no other car around for miles. 5 minutes later, Eddy changed his mind, lounged from his back seat to the front driver door and locked all doors from there and got out of the van through his side behind the driver. And voila! we had a long time to admire the bridges. All our 3 phones were you know where…yep! in the car. It was 4 pm and for a full hour nobody drove by. Exactly an hour later 2 tourist buses came and about 10 other cars all at once! The bus driver called for help. Locksmith took another hour but everything worked out mighty fine. And what would we remember now had it not happen this way? i am sure i would have not remember the beutiful natural bridges, nor the wild flowers and the amazing views…

    • Rachael White

      What a great story! And it makes me feel much better. I actually had a great phone conversation with my sister in Minnesota while I was waiting to be rescued, which probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise. The whole experience forced me to slow down, take a breath, and think about some important people that I needed some contact with. All in all, not a horrible situation! Although, it would have been nicer to be stranded where you were!

  • Sarah St McGoodbody

    Don’t feel too bad, it happens to the best of us. Once my fiance locked his keys in the car twice in one week. Twice!! I have everything I need for this in the house so I’m going to fix myself one now!

    • Rachael White

      Ha- twice in one week is quite impressive! Hope you made and enjoyed the cocktail!

  • Ashley Bee

    I always thought I hated gin, but turns out I only hate BAD gin, hah! I’ll have to try this when I can invest in a good bottle.

    • Rachael White

      Yes, bad gin can be really…well…bad. It’s worth sending a little extra on a nice bottle of gin, in my opinion! Hope you get to test this one out soon!

    • Jason Siddle

      I guess it really depends on what you drank that you considered the gin to be bad. There is one brand (New Amsterdam) that I really enjoy at about $20 for a 1.75L. Yes it is cheap but tasty. Many of the more expensive gins have been distilled so many times that the true flavor of gin (juniper) is lost leaving you with not much more than vodka. It may be the juniper taste that you don’t like.

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