Vodka, Ginger Ale and Basil Cocktail

Proof that simplicity is its own reward: The signature cocktail at Los Angeles's Table 8 restaurant, table8la.com, needs nothing more than a single basil leaf and an organically shaped glass to look absolutely intoxicating. Of course, the vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice, ginger ale, muddled fresh basil, and green grapes don't hurt. "Dexter" highball, $8.95, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.

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