Basil is not just for cooking in Italian food. It is wonderful when used just like mint in a mojito or mint julep and adds a depth of green, earthy aroma and flavor to a drink like the Monstre Verte.
1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
3 - 4 sprigs basil
Shake all ingredients with ice.
Strain into a rocks glass rinsed with 1/4 oz of Absinthe.
Garnish with a basil leave and flower.