Time 6 minutes
Yields Serves 1
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Combine five of the lime wedges, four of the basil leaves and the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, muddle firmly five or six times, until the lime wedges have released some of their juice.


Add the cachaca. Fill with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a small rocks glass and fill with ice. Top with soda and garnish with the remaining basil leaf and lime wedge.

Adapted from Bar Nineteen 12 bar manager Philip Spee. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves.

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