Mint Juleps are the official drink of the Kentucky Derby…
I like vodka and I like orange juice but vodka and orange juice together is boring. The only reason to drink the two together is to make that gallon sized plastic bottle of rot-gut vodka you bought on sale at the drug store more drinkable. If you left my bar with a screwdriver it meant that I didn’t do my job to talk you into a better tasting drink – or that you needed to calm your morning shakes. Because the Screwdriver is such a boring cocktail I am always looking for ways to improve it and give it a reason for existing. In this case, a little fresh basil is all that is needed to turn something boring into something well worth drinking.
2 oz. Vodka
3/4 oz Basil Syrup
2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
Pour all of the ingredients into an ice filled shaker. Shake and strain into an ice filled glass and garnish with a slice of orange. Now take a basil leaf and place it into the palm of your hand. Slap the leaf with your other hand to release the aroma and drop it into the glass.