Cocktail of the Week: Big Texan Grapefruit-and-Bourbon Cocktail

By Food & Wine

Austin chef James Holmes combines grapefruit juice, bourbon and basil to create this refreshing yet bracing drink. 50 Best Bars in America

© Jody Horton Big Texan Grapefruit-and-Bourbon Cocktail
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 tablespoon simple syrup (see Note)
2 basil leaves
Ice
1 grapefruit slice and 1 preserved cherry, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the grapefruit juice, bourbon, simple syrup and basil. Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice. Add 5 ice cubes to the shaker and shake well. Strain the drink into the ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with the grapefruit slice and cherry.
Note Make simple syrup by boiling equal parts sugar and water. Let cool before using.

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