RECIPE | Strawberry Basil Spritzer Cocktail

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Now that the spring days are turning warmer and warmer, it’s time to transition to lighter, refreshing cocktails to wind down a long day! I’ve been growing fresh basil this spring, so I’m always looking for an opportunity to utilize it in dishes — and even cocktails!

I tried this recipe as an experiment and am beyond pleased with the results. It’s sweet (but not too!), refreshing, fruity (but not too!), and complex. Quadruple this recipe if you’re entertaining and serve in a pretty glass pitcher!

Ingredients

 

photo51.5 oz Three Olives’ Elvis Presley Coconut Water vodka
1.5 oz. Three Olives’ Marilyn Monroe Strawberry vodka
3-4 large basil leaves, fresh
1 large strawberry, sliced
1 t. lemon juice
Seltzer water
1 packet of Splenda (optional)
Ice

 

 

 

 

 

Tools (optional)

photo4We recently have received some fun bar tools from our wedding registry, which makes mixing drinks a lot more fun (and sometimes, easier!) However, these tools are not necessary. You can use whatever you have around the kitchen to substitute! 

1 jigger (ours is from Crate & Barrel’s Gatsby Bar Tools)
1 spoon (again, from Crate & Barrel’s Gatsby Bar Tools)
Zyliss Fast Cut Herb Tool (ours is from Williams-Sonoma – it’s magic.)
Sphere Ice Mold (LOVE these. You can get a pair of molds at Crate & Barrel)

 

 

 

Directions

photo3Put your ice sphere (or crushed ice) in your desired glass. Rub the rim of the glass with a basil leaf. 
Chop up the basil and strawberries on a cutting board, either with the Zyliss tool or with a sharp, small knife.
Pour these ingredients over the ice.
Pour one jigger of the Coconut Water vodka, and one jigger of the Strawberry vodka over the basil and strawberries.
Empty one packet (optional) of Splenda
Pour in 1 teaspon of lemon juice
Pour seltzer water until glass is full
Stir.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil and a fun straw and….

 

 

 

 

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ENJOY!

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