Saturday, May 10, 2008

Strawberry Basil Martini

Since several asked, here is my new favorite cocktail. I ordered this at a restaurant and this recipe is the best I've found. It's a few more steps than I usually like but it is oh-so-worth it especially since most restaurants don't offer it. 

First, make the simple syrup because you'll want it ready to go for your second drink! And I just used a wooden spoon for the "muddling."
2 parts sugar
1 part water

Bring the water to a boil.
Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water.
Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat.
Allow to cool completely.

3 Strawberries
3 Basil leaves
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce gin
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries with the basil leaves and Simple Syrup. Add ice and the remaining ingredients and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the strawberry slice.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God

This evening I am sitting in a comfy chair reading this yummy book (finally a good book club book!) with my new favorite strawberry basil martini.  Adam has his extra dirty martini so we are happy campers!

Sunday night I played host to our book group. I am still trying to figure out why I was asked to be a part of this motley crew almost a year ago but I am flattered, I think. This is no chick-lit, fun book club. We read textbooks... textbooks, people! Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but suffice it to say that a couple of times, I didn't waste my time reading the book. I watched the movie. There, I said it. That's right, my version of cliffnotes... I watched the movie. 

Good thing, too, because that Piano Teacher was some crazy sh*t! I would have been very upset if I'd wasted several nights reading that book! (And, technically, I did read it! The movie was subtitled... subtitled, people!) Take it from me, don't waste your time.