If you plan on serving fresh Garden Gimlets at your wedding, please do so with an emphasis on style! By this I mean, have some beautiful cocktail glassware, fresh garnishes and an excellent mixologist on hand!
you want the last bit of summer to land on the palate just right. And since part of the experience is visual, your cocktail should look fresh, meaning, it's not an electric neon green color from the liquor shelf. Keep it elegant! As my friend @rodiziketan says, please use fresh basil. In fact, all the ingredients should be fresh.
Here's how you can make it at home or for your special event:
1 c herb syrup (Click here to see how to make this)
3/4 c gin
1/2 c freshly squeezed lime juice
6 sprigs of basil
Muddle 2 sprigs of basil in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and pour in the herb syrup, gin and lime juice. Shake until very cold. Strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a sprig of basil.
Always have fresh cocktails ready, just after the processional, for the wedding party and close immediate family members, as long as the reception is immediately following at the same venue.