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!)
- 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
- 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).
- Fill a shaker with ice. Combine vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds to a minute.
- 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!