Each Autumn, I find myself missing the changing of the leaves that I had experienced over the many years I lived in New Jersey. It always amazed me to see the lush, green landscape of central Jersey transform to an almost surreal sea of vibrant reds, oranges, yellows, pale greens and browns. Living in San Diego, I rarely get to see leaves changing. Last week, I was strolling through my local farmer’s market when I noticed a striking arrangement of green and purple basil. The contrast between the two varieties somehow reminded me of the fall phenomenon I have been missing so much. With a fresh bunch of purple basil in hand, I headed home to create this cocktail called The Fallen Leaf. Fresh, fragrant basil is muddled then shaken with white rum, lemon and honey. Adorned with a single basil leaf, this cocktail satisfies both my palate and my yearnings for the changing leaves. Continue reading for the recipe.