1 1⁄2 oz Bourbon
4 lf Basil
1 cube Brown sugar
1⁄2 oz Simple syrup (with balsamic vinegar — see note)

Muddle the balsamic syrup, basil and sugar cube in a mixing tin. Add bourbon and ice and shake hard. Strain over fresh ice cubes into an Old Fashioned. Top with ginger beer and garnish with basil leaf.


Balsamic Syrup: Combine 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup simple syrup (1:1) in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring just to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for one minute, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

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Created by
Jerry Slater, H. Harper Station, Atlanta
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  • Alternate: 4 basil leaves 1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup Ice 1 1/2 ounces bourbon 1 1/2 ounces chilled ginger ale
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