The Handsome Grandson

Scott Schneider, Ramona | Brooklyn, NY

At Ramona, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Scott Schneider shakes together gin, lime juice and savory homemade bay leaf syrup with fresh basil. Topped with soda water and pomegranate juice, it makes for a refreshing, fall-ready cocktail.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce bay leaf syrup (see Editor's Note)
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 5 to 7 fresh basil leaves
  • soda water
  • pomegranate juice

Garnish: bay leaf

  1. Combine all ingredients, except the soda water and pomegranate juice, in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Hurricane or Zombie glass.
  3. Pack the glass with crushed or pebble ice.
  4. Top with a splash each of soda water, then pomegranate juice.
  5. Garnish with a bay leaf.
Editor's Note

Bay Leaf Syrup
3/4 ounces dried bay leaves
1 cup demerara sugar

Steep the dried bay leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture to remove bay leaves and add in the sugar. Stir to dissolve, and bottle.

Tagged: pomegranate, Ramona