In a shaker, muddle the lime and sugar. Add the vodka, syrup and lemon juice, and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and pour (unstrained) into a Collins glass. Add a bit more ice and top with 1 to 1.5 oz of ginger ale. Stir, and garnish with a lime wheel.
*Thai Basil Syrup
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Place the Thai basil leaves in a blender. Pour the hot syrup over the leaves and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Puree until smooth, carefully holding down the blender lid. Allow to cool overnight and strain before using.
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