Last month when I was in NYC my friend Sarah took me to the new Cafe Standard
at the Standard Hotel in the East Village and we ordered their Grapefruit Basil Margaritas. They were so
good. I love margaritas but the refreshing tartness of grapefruit combined with the aromatic basil was just such a great combination. I had to re-create it at home!
Grapefruit Basil Margarita
1.5 ounces tequila
2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
3-4 basil leaves
1.5 ounces basil infused simple syrup
First make your simple syrup by simmering 1 part sugar to 1 part water and a handful of basil leaves over low heat. Remove from heat as soon as the sugar has disolved. Let the basil leaves sit for 5-10 minutes and then strain.
Using a shaker with ice mix together tequila, grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Pour over ice and garnish with basil leaves!