My Attempt at The Coppinger Row "Flo & Basy"
As part of my ongoing quest for cocktail knowledge, I selfless took some time out of my recent Irish holiday to revisit Coppinger Row in Dublin and research the fabulous “Flo and Basy” cocktail they serve. The first time I tasted this drink it was a complete revelation. It's so full of fresh basil flavour; The Sister (also a fan) describes it perfectly as like having a very jazzing drink and a bowl of pasta and pesto all in one (that’s a good thing). I knew it contained fresh basil, gin and elderflower cordial but I wanted some guidance on proportions to help me recreate this gem at home. After all Dublin is a long way from Cambridge when you fancy one of these. As I had already been conducting bar research with my accomplices that afternoon I was in great form (to put it mildly) so I nipped over to the bar while our cocktails were being prepared and pumped the bar man for information. It’s amazing what shameless flirting and flattery will get you. According to The Husband, I was making a scene but it's all in a day's work for a dedicated gastronomic girl. If you are in Dublin, go and have one as soon as possible. Otherwise do have a go at making it yourself; it’s not the simplest cocktail to make but it is definitely worth the effort.
The Coppinger Row Flo & Basy (makes one)
Large handful of fresh basil leaves
20mL agave nectar
30mL fresh lime juice
35 ml gin
35mL elderflower cordial
Basil leaf or lime slice (or both) to garnish
Muddle the basil leaves with the lime juice and the agave nectar. I did this in my cocktail shaker with a pestle to crush the leaves and release the basil flavour. Add the gin and elderflower cordial, plenty of ice and shake hard. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. I went a bit retro with my garnish but in Coppinger Row they float a basil leaf on the top which is very classy looking. For any strange people out there who don't like gin, you can't really taste it with the strong basil flavour.