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Drink: #FancyDrinkFriday — Ginger Basil Sparkle

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Last week was all about gin; this week is all about the classics.  I’m talking about cold vodka.

I’m more of a savory flavors girl than a sweet flavors girl.  I would much rather a drink saturated in bracing, lip smacking, citrus than in sugar.  This drink was derived from that: less sweet, more flavor.  I like lime, I like basil, I like ginger.  Club Soda?  Sparkle!

I infused simple syrup with basil from my garden and ginger from the grocery store and the result was a really tasty, really satisfying cocktail to enjoy on a hot summer evening.

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Here’s the recipe:

Ginger Basil Sparkle (serves 2, alter at will!)

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounce ginger basil simple syrup*
  • (you’ll need about 14 leaves of basil, and about 3 inches of ginger)
  • 1 lime’s juice
  • seltzer
  • ice
  • The peel of 1 lime (take a vegetable peeler, and carefully try to peel just the green part.  Bonus points if you get a nice curl.  Squeeze the peel before you add it to the drink for garnish to release all those great lime oils).

Method

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.  Combine vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice.  Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds to a minute.
  2. Pour into a chilled Martini glass.  Top with seltzer.  Garnish with a fresh basil leaf and lime peel.

*Ginger Basil Syrup: in a sauce pan, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water.  Add about a 1-2 inch piece of ginger, sliced thin, to the mixture.  Add 8-10 large basil leaves.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat and let steep for 10-15 minutes.  Remove the ginger/basil and let cool.  Serve with ginger basil sparkles!

Enjoy!

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