Recipe courtesy of Tobin Ellis

The Serengeti

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1/2 lemon

4 to 6 large basil leaves, stems removed

3 to 4 teaspoons natural brown sugar, to taste

Ice cubes

1 1/2 ounces flavored rum or flavored vodka (recommended: Bacardi Coco Rum or Skyy Vanilla Vodka)

3 ounces sweet and sour mix (recommended: Finest Call)

Small sprig of basil, for garnish


  1. Cut the lemon into small cubes. Put all but 1 lemon cube, the basil, and brown sugar together in a glass and muddle until the consistency of a paste or jam. Fill a glass with ice. Pour rum and sweet and sour mix into shaker without ice. Put cap on and shake; this blends the spirit with the mixer and creates a "froth". Strain into glass and stir. Garnish with small spring of basil and cube of lemon and serve immediately.