Our cocktail hour featured the rickshaw, a refreshing gin drink, and the michelada, a spicy way to improve shitty beer.
To make basil simple syrup, bring 1 c. sugar and 1 c. water to boil until sugar is dissolved, stir in about 1/2 c. loosely packed chopped basil, and let steep overnight in the fridge. Strain into a jar.
The Rickshaw: 2 oz. gin, 1 oz. basil-flavored simple syrup, 1 oz. lime juice. Combine in cocktail shaker or jar, pour over ice and garnish with basil leaf.
Michelada: Pour glass of ice half-full with Mexican lager, stir in 1/4 c. lime juice, few dashes of soy sauce, few dashes of worcestershire sauce, several dashes hot sauce. Top off with remainder of beer. Garnish with cilantro.