I’m so excited to have my friend Chrissy guest posting again today! She is keeping Summer alive with this basil martini cocktail full of fresh herb flavors and tart lime!
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Previously, Chrissy brought us some tangy pickled red onions. Now she is bringing a refreshing basil martini cocktail!
While everyone, including myself, is catching fall fever I have a bit of summer left to share in this refreshing cocktail. I am not a successful gardener but herbs are the one thing I can grow well, and so I tend to grow an abundance.
Currently, there is still enough warmth in our South Georgia days to reward me with bunches of basil. I started from seed in April and with lots of pinching off the top leaves, I’ve had basil to use all summer.
My husband grew a nice crop of tomatoes and we enjoyed loads of Caprese, made plenty of pesto and I even submerged the basil leaves in olive oil and froze in ice cube trays to use all year in sauces and soups. But when I pinned a recipe for a Basil Gimlet I discovered a new way to use handfuls of my harvest.
Basil simple syrup!! Just heat equal parts sugar and water until dissolved and, off heat, add in a few cups of basil leaves, it’s all to taste so start with a cup of basil for each cup of sugar, let the basil infuse the syrup until cooled and store airtight for up to two weeks in the fridge. You’ll love the combination of basil and black pepper with just a hint of sweetness served up in a chilled martini glass.
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Basil Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves (washed)
- 4 oz vodka
- 4 oz basil simple syrup
- 4 oz fresh lime juice
- Ice cubes
- Fresh basil leaves
- Freshly ground black pepper
Basil Simple Syrup:
- Combine the sugar and water in saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and add basil leaves.
- Let stand until room temperature, transfer to airtight container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- Fill martini glasses with ice and water to chill.
- Pour out ice and water.
- Shake first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker, strain into empty, chilled martini glasses.
- Add one to two turns of freshly ground black pepper and a basil leaf for garnish.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 840Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 183gFiber: 2gSugar: 176gProtein: 3g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
Recipe inspired by Modern Wifestyle.
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