Despite the sugar, this drink is not sweet. It's like a mojito but with cherries and basil and no mint and not as sweet. And it has vodka, not rum. Okay, it's nothing like a mojito. It's what you serve your friend who doesn't like mojitos because they're too sweet. As far as the basil goes, it has a presence but is not overwhelming; it's just right. It tastes like summer...like a sophisticated Martha Stewart-ish summer.
- 8 cherries
- 4 basil leaves
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 shots vodka
- tonic water
Pit the cherries. Cut them in half. Muddle the cherries, basil, and sugar.
Fill 2 glasses halfway with ice. Add a shot of vodka to each. Add muddled cherry mix, and fill the rest of the glass with tonic water.
Serve, maybe with a little lemon.