I don’t know about you, but on my end it’s been a crazy, crazy week. My inbox is crammed with no end in sight. It’s all good stuff, I can’t complain; in fact, I’m thrilled to be so busy doing the things I love to do. Even so, I’m ready for Shabbat and the weekend… ready to take a deep breath and unplug for a few hours. I plan to kick it all off with this refreshing Strawberry Basil Cocktail.
Last week, I shared an easy method for making homemade strawberry simple syrup. Here, I’ve combined the syrup with basil-infused vodka (to learn how to make infused vodka, click here). The combination of sweet, ripe strawberries and crisp, peppery basil works surprisingly well together. You can use bottled strawberry syrup if you prefer, but with all of those beautiful berries at the market, why not make your own? Add a splash of fresh lime juice, an aromatic sprig of fresh basil, and voila! You’ve got a sophisticated spring cocktail, the perfect drink to kick off your weekend. Shabbat Shalom, l’chaim!
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Strawberry Basil Martini
- 2 oz basil infused vodka (see notes)
- 2 oz club soda
- 1 oz strawberry simple syrup (see notes)
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- Fresh basil leaves for garnish
- Chill your martini glass. Pour basil infused vodka, club soda, strawberry syrup and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.