With planned celebrations and impromptu meals alike, a special drink (or drinks) always adds a nice (and sometimes necessary) touch.
Enter: basil sugar.
I created this on a whim. I had purchased some basil at the market, and used it to make a pesto. This pesto, however, did not call for all of the basil, so I had a bit left over. What to do? Rich loves to give me a hard time about having left over odds and ends in the fridge that get overlooked, so I wasn't about to give him the satisfaction.
Fancy drinks on the brain, I wondered what a basil sugar might be like. So I, quite literally, mixed the basil leaves with sugar in the food processor. That's it. So simple. Utterly divine.
Having a mason jar full of these beautiful green-flecked crystals, I started to think of all the ways I could put this jar to work -- immediately. I bordered on obsessive, really.
Some ways that have worked:
|basil sugar, lemon juice, lime juice, hendrick's gin, sparkling water|
Rimming a glass for lemonade, or a variation on lemonade-adult style.
Topping blueberry muffins. Kids were not a fan of the green on top of their muffins, but it was delicious.
Filling for a homemade pop-tart. Ricotta + basil sugar = mmmmm.
As I continue to look for other uses, this marvelous sugar is keeping just fine in the refrigerator. I do believe my very favorite use, thus far, however, has been to rim my glass. Try adding some rhubarb syrup to a little St. Germaine, sparkling water, and a glass rimmed with basil sugar ... divine.
I urge you to give this a try, I really do. You won't be sorry.