since I am already stealing (ideas) from here I may as well post this too
Lemon Basil Vodka Gimlets
adapted from Gourmet magazine
makes 6 drinks
1 cup lemon basil syrup*
3/4 cup vodka
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sparkling water
1 cup ice cubes
Fresh basil sprigs, for garnish
Stir together all ingredients in a pitcher until cold, then strain into 8-ounce glasses half filled with ice.
Lemon Basil Syrup
1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
Zest from 1 lemon, peeled with a vegetable peeler
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until to dissolve sugar.
Cool; strain syrup through a sieve into a bowl or measuring cup. Chill until cold.
which was stolen from here