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Warren Bobrow’s Cocktail Hour – The Ebb Tide Cocktail

Bulldog gin and lemon basil syrup for cocktail

The doldrums of winter have set in. It’s not too cold and not too warm- some would say just right? I would say boring. Last year by this time we were digging out of another blizzard. No, I don’t miss the snow, just the winter!

Does that make sense?

I was emailing “V” last night and she told me that she had the most fabulous drink recently. A cucumber basil martini that just knocked her socks off. I could see her thirst in her writing. And it immediately warmed me up.

So in keeping with this slippery cool drink that made me feel like summer- I needed to make a couple of adjustments in accordance to my needs.

I received this fabulous syrup from the Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont the other day named Lemon Basil. Normally, at least in my flavor driven world- I might not want to experiment with lemon, basil and simple syrup. Being on a heavy Gin bender- I’ve tasted combinations of flavors that are not your usual G&T’s. One of these is, of course, the lemon basil simple syrup. It’s plump and full of the heat of summer!

The Ebb Tide Cocktail

Apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote the book by the same name.


3 Shots Bulldog Gin

1 Stalk Celery

2 Tablespoons Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont Lemon Basil Syrup



Muddle celery until a good mash is achieved

Add ½ ice to the shaker

Add Bulldog Gin (3 shots)

Add Simple Syrup of Lemon/Basil (about 2 tablespoons)

Shake to combine

Strain into short rocks glass with some fresh ice

Finish with a splash of Perrier

Garnish with a celery stalk

lemon basil cocktail



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