Rye Cocktail Recipes: The Basil Gimlet & The Flash

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Rye is a cocktail bar on Geary Street in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco (the slowly gentrifying part of the Tenderloin, otherwise known as the Tender Nob). They've quickly won a following and great word of mouth for their expertly mixed drinks infused with herbal flavors and fresh ingredients.

Here they share with us a few of their most popular cocktail recipes, including The Flash, a basil gimlet (more basil!) and a drink that calls for whole kumquats.

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Each of these make one serving. First off, pictured above, is The Flash - cucumber, kiwi, and gin. Now that's summer in a glass!

The Flash

5 slices English cucumber
3 pieces fresh kiwi
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 ounces 209 Gin
1/2 ounce organic simple syrup

Method: In a pint glass, muddle fresh cucumber , kiwi and lemon juice. Add ice, simple syrup, and gin. Shake vigorously and strain into stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with sliced wheels of cucumber and kiwi.

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Basil Gimlet

5 fresh basil leaves
2 ounces Plymouth Gin
1/2 ounce agave nectar
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

Method: In a pint glass, muddle fresh basil, agave nectar, and lime juice. Add ice and gin. Shake vigorously and strain into stemmed glass. Garnish with fresh basil leaf.

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Santiago Sun

3 whole kumquats
2 Matusalem Amber rum
1/2 Velvet Falernum
2 dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters

Method: In a pint glass, muddle fresh kumquats, Falernum, and orange bitters. Add ice and rum. Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with lime zest.

• Rye's website (www.ryesf.com) appears to be non-functional right now, but they're located at 688 Geary St. in San Francisco and open nightly.

Related: Spring and Summer Drinks: Cocktails with Basil

(Images: Rye San Francisco)

Per serving, based on 2 servings. (% daily value)
0.3 g (0.5%)
0 g (0.2%)
16.8 g (5.6%)
2.4 g (9.5%)
12.7 g
0.7 g (1.5%)
5.5 mg (0.2%)