Make it a mocktail by mixing the mandarin basil simple syrup with sparkling water and ice.
2 tablespoons - 1/4 cup mandarin basil simple syrup ( recipe below)
California sparkling white wine
basil leaves to garnish
3 mandarin peels
1 (one-inch) knob of fresh ginger, sliced into 6 coins
2 large, bushy basil sprigs, about 12-15 large leaves
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup filtered water
Combine all of the ingredients for the mandarin basil simple syrup into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium, high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely, then strain out the solids. Pressing on them with the back of a spoon to release all of the liquids. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Fill a glass with ice. Add as little as 2 tablespoons of the mandarin basil simple syrup or as much as 1/4 cup, depending on the sweetness level you desire. Top with California sparkling white wine. Place the basil leaf in the palm of your hand and clap loudly once to release the essential oils. Place on top of the winetail and serve immediately.
Keywords: mandarin orange, basil, ginger, honey, sparkling white wine