Basilcello, also known as liquore al Basilico is a strong, bright green and very sweet herb infused alcohol. Originally Italian this liquor or liqueur has quite a kick and can only be fully appreciated if served ice cold.
You will need:
20-25 (+- one cup) large fresh basil leaves
500ml of the strongest vodka you can find (preferably grain alcohol)
600 ml white sugar
600 ml water
1 sealable glass jar
1 Harvest and clean the leaves by gently wiping them with a damp paper towel. Do not emerge or wet the foliage as this may lead to the loss of some of their oils and blackening of the leaves.
2 Place the leaves and alcohol in the glass jar and seal tightly, the liquid will start to colour relatively fast. Allow to infuse for 15-20 days and whilst turning the bottle once or twice a day to ensure the ingredients mix well.
3 Once the alcohol is infused, bring the 600ml water to a boil in a saucepan, add the sugar and allow to dissolve, ensure the mixture doesn’t boil again once the sugar has been added. Remove the syrup once fully dissolved and allow to cool completely.
4 Now add the cooled syrup to the basil infused alcohol and stir well. Properly seal the mixture again and position your Basilcello in a dark cool location for another 20 days.
5 Serve ice cold and shake before pouring
Be sure to use Ocimum basilicum, some basil plants currently on the market don’t have as strong and prominent basil flavour.
Try using Ocimum × citriodorum commonly known as lemon basil for some interesting flavours.
Remember to use a very strong liquor which is preferably grain alcohol.
Serve this liquor ice cold and watch out for the kick.