The other night I met my friend Adam to grab a few drinks. We headed over to Rye, which is a pretty hip, modern (yet completely inviting) new bar here in San Francisco. When it came my turn to order, I asked the bartender what her favorite drink to make was. This, by the way, is my absolute favorite question to ask a bartender (especially if she/he is not crazy busy). You'll experience some of the greatest drinks and most of them are pretty excited about it. This lovely lady bartender did not let me down. She simply smiled, asked if I was allergic to strawberries, and then went to town. In a few minutes I was presented with an amazing drink that she dubbed "Strawberry Beret." It was DELICIOUS.
Since most of you won't be able to make it out to Rye, I've decided to share her recipe with you. I only wish I could remember her name to give her proper credit.
From the lovely blonde bartender at Rye
Sorry, there aren't any exact measurements, she's a pro and did it by eye.
Strawberries (approximately 3)
Basil (several leaves)
Juice from half a Lime
In a shaker, muddle fresh strawberries and basil with a few squeezes of simple syrup. Squeeze in juice from half a lime. Add gin, top with Lillet. Shake and then strain over ice into an old-fashioned style glass.
This was tasty, tasty, tasty. A nice summery drink that was unbelievable in the winter.