⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup water
A handful of fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
3 pieces of Meyer lemon peel
¼ cup Meyer lemon juice
3 ounces vodka
In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water, bringing it to a light simmer over medium heat. Stir until sugar has fully dissolved. Add in the basil and one piece of the lemon peel. Remove saucepan from the heat, cover and steep for about 20 minutes. Strain the simple syrup and discard the basil and peel.
Stir together ¼ cup simple syrup, ¼ cup Meyer lemon juice, and the vodka.
Add ice to two glasses and divide the vodka mixture between the two glasses. Top each with a splash of sparkling water. Taste and adjust drink if desired. Garnish with a basil leaf and the remaining lemon peel.