Scout Finch & Basil-Lemon Soda
Since today’s lady is just a little lady, here’s a simple soda rather than a traditional cocktail. Just add bourbon, though, and it becomes that traditional cocktail.
Mixing Up Your Drink
For Keeping Cool on Hot Alabama Nights*
1. Make basil syrup: bring a handful of basil + 2c sugar + 3c water to a boil. Let boil gently for 5 minutes, then turn off the burner and let sit for 30-40 minutes. Chill before mixing.
2. Mix your basil syrup with a splash of seltzer and a few squeezes of your favorite citrus.
3. Serve in a tall glass (a candy-striped straw is practically required).
*Or any night, anywhere. Scout Finch lived in Alabama. We don’t . But if we did, we’d drink this everyday.
And savor young Scout Finch’s wisdom on life + the burdens of lady-dom:
“Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life. I suggested that one could be a ray of sunshine in pants just as well, but Aunty said that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year….”