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This is the drink I developed the foregoing techniques for. The TBD is a
typical daiquiri with the addition of Thai basil. Thai basil is not like Italian
globe basil in taste; it has a fantastic anise note that I love. Even people
who hate anise tend to like it. This drink is as green and fresh-tasting as I
can muster.

MAKES ONE 51∕3-OUNCE (160-ML) DRINK AT 15% ALCOHOL
BY VOLUME, 8.9 G/100 ML SUGAR, AND 0.85 % ACID

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  • Step 1

    Nitro-muddle the Thai basil in a shaking tin. Then add the rum and stir. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, and saline solution or salt. Check to make sure the mix isn’t freezing cold. Shake with ice and
    strain through a tea strainer into a chilled coupe glass.

  • Step 2

    Alternatively, make a double recipe and blender muddle the Thai basil with the rum and lime juice, stir in the simple syrup and saline or salt, then strain through a fine strainer, shake with ice, and strain into two chilled cocktail coupes.

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