Basil of Elkhorn Loop

I missed my Tuesday, May 14th post, as I was out of town. Have 2 in a row! 

Basil of Baker Street was the mouse from The Great Mouse Detective (1986).
Since I live on Elkhorn Loop, I thought it appropriate to name this cocktail after those two things mixed together, because it was made with Basil leaves. =]

I had been reading about Rhum Agricole, and drinks made with it online for a while, and while I was on my latest outing to the liquor store, I saw a bottle, and for a small fee they let me adopt it and bring it home.

Just a bit about Rhum Agricole — Rhum is a much more specific term. An abbreviation from the term rhum agricole, this type of rum can only come from Martinique. And while most rums are distilled from fermented molasses, rhum is made from fresh pressed sugar cane juice. On the island, sugar cane is grown specifically for the production of rhum agricole, and the fields are managed and controlled like vineyards. Source

As a Rum drinker, I felt I needed to expand my palate, and I am extremely pleased with my purchase, and look forward to putting out some more delicious Rhum Agricole-themed beverages for everybody!

Here’s what we slapped together —

Basil of Elkhorn Loop
1.5 oz. Rhum Agricole
0.5 oz. Green Chartreuse
0.75 oz. Lime Juice
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
6-8 basil leaves (depending on size)

Muddle Basil, Lime, and Simple together in shaker
Add ice and liquor to shaker
Shake until sufficiently chilled
Strain it into a coupe glass

Notes: You might want to hold the drink in one hand, and begin a second with the other, because you will probably want it to be done by the time you finish your first.
The flavors of the Rhum Agricole I used really shone through with such a small addition of extra flavors. I used an amber agricole, and since it was the first thing I was making with it, I wanted to be able to notice the subtle differences between regular rum. The Green Chartreuse gives just enough elevation with the addition of its herbs and spices, and the sugar takes some of the bite out of the Rhum. All-in-all, probably one of my favorite cocktails from my May photo shoot, due to the newness factor. I will be revisiting the Agricole soon.

Feel free to leave a comment on what you think about this cocktail, or if you make one, please share your experience here or on Facebook.

Enjoy! See ya next time! =]
Photo Credit: Robbie Brindley

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