Garden Gimlet

1.5 oz Tanqueray Ten Gin
.75 oz Fresh Lime Cordial
.5 oz Green Chartreuse
.5 oz Sancerre, or French Sauvignon Blanc/White Bordeaux
Cucumber, 2 thin lengthwise slices from a little Persian cucumber
2 medium Basil leaves

Shake all ingredients, reserving one cucumber slice and a Basil leaf for garnish. Fine strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Slide the remaining cucumber strip between the glass and the ice. Slap the last Basil leaf and place it on top. A splash of soda water would be great for texture and hydration on a hot day.

Fresh Lime Cordial
1C freshly squeezed lime juice
1C sugar (I use raw, unbleached sugar. The flavor is great!)
1/2C filtered water
**Carefully remove the zest of one of your limes before juicing them.**

Put all ingredients into a sauce pan on medium heat, bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for five minutes, then remove pan from heat and allow to cool. Fine strain the cordial through a chinois and add an ounce of vodka to help preserve it, if you like. This will keep in the refrigerator for a month.