Feeling inspired, I decided at the grocery store today that strawberries might go well with basil.
I came home and Googled, and sure enough, found several recipes to choose from.
From Rye in San Francisco
5 basil leaves
1 medium lime
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
2 1/2 ounces vodka or gin
- Place five basil leaves in a mixing glass. Squeeze the lime into the glass. Press down on the leaves with a muddler and twist 4 to 5 times.
- Fill glass three-quarters of the way with ice cubes. Add the simple syrup and vodka or gin.
- Give the glass a good shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Float a piece of the muddled basil on the top as a garnish.
Makes 1 drink.
Note: I didn't have simple syrup, but I didn't miss it either.
- 3 fresh strawberries (and one slice of strawberry for garnish)
- 3 fresh basil leaves
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 fresh lime juice
Combine the strawberries, basil leaves and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle.Next, you'll want to squeeze the lime juice in, add ice and pour in the vodka and gin. Shake the ingredients together and pour into a chilled martini glass garnished with the strawberry.
Note: I didn't have the recipe in front of me and just muddled a sliced lime with the strawberry. That tasted just fine.