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."
SIMPLE SYRUP:
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.

STRAWBERRY BASIL MARTINI:
3 Strawberries
3 Basil leaves
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Ice
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.

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