1 lime, halved lengthwise
2 ounces (1⁄4 cup) simple syrup (consult a cookbook for instructions) or 3 teaspoons sugar
10 fresh basil leaves plus a sprig for garnish
1⁄2 cup ice
1 to 1 1⁄2ounces rum
2 ounces (1⁄4 cup) club soda

Squeeze half the lime into a tall glass. Cut other half into 4 wedges and put 3 in the glass. Add simple syrup and basil leaves and muddle to extract flavor. Add ice, rum, and club soda; stir. Garnish with basil sprig and remaining lime wedge. Makes 1 drink.

Basil Mojito is a recipe from Hudson on the Bend’s second cookbook, Fired Up! More Adventures and Recipes From Hudson’s on the Bend, and was featured in Got Game in Texas Monthly’s July 2005 edition.