Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Quick Fix: Basil Cheesecake Cocktail

Basil Cheesecake
Before prohibition the bar scene was quite a sausage fest. Saloons were off limits to ladies before 1920 and no self respecting woman would even consider stepping into one. Throughout prohibition when liquor was scarce women exercised their right to drink in the only place they could, the speakeasy.  Obviously no one was going to call the authorities and considering the new patrons cocktail attire, no one seemed to object. Once the bars re-opened in 1933 women were a permanent fixture in the bar and so where the cocktails that appealed to their palates.

Creme based cocktails became synonymous ladies and with dessert and when I think dessert, I think cheesecake. This drink is a variation on a classic sour adding egg and cream to the mix. The basil cheesecake makes an excellent nightcap but life is short, eat dessert first!

3 basil leaves
1/2 oz agave syrup
1 small egg white
1/2 oz cream
1 oz lime juice
1 oz gin

Muddle basil in lime and agave. Dry shake with cream and egg white. Add ice and shake well. Serve up in a chilled cocktail glass garnish with basil.

Enjoy Ya'll!

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