Want to know something else that is magical? I had NOTHING to do with this! Ha!!! I was super busy working on cookbook edits, or perhaps getting a post up or something.... and all of a sudden, my husband comes into my office with this AMAZING drink! "Here, taste this." WHAAATT?!!! He had seen (and smelled) the basil, gone off to the store for some fresh strawberries, come home and whipped up this phenomenal drink... for ME!!!! YAY! Okay.. well.. for him, too. So I suppose this whole post belongs to my foxy husband who makes a killer strawberry basil martini... and followed it up with some grilled lamb chops, a spinach salad, and some herbed couscous! How's that for being pampered?!
- 6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped fairly fine
- 5 medium strawberries, diced
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz sweet and sour mix
- 1 oz Hershey's strawberry syrup
- 4 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- fresh basil leaves
As usual slice and dice before you begin. That makes everything go so quickly.
|Basil leaves, limes, and strawberries. All ready to go!|
Add them to your martini shaker and then muddle them together. The broad back end of a wooden spoon handle works well to muddle the berries together with the basil. It may take a few minutes to get them all broken down.
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice.
I couldn't resist putting this first photo in, as the drop of lime juice is perfectly spherical. :) Please choose limes that grew on a tree, not something that came in plastic!
1 oz sweet and sour mix + 1 oz Hershey's strawberry syrup. Yep, the kind you put in milk. Haha!
4 oz vodka + 1/2 oz simple syrup.
Add ice and shake for a minute or two until very cold.
Strain out into martini glasses. Garnish with a strawberry.
Summer in a glass... Please enjoy responsibly!
I just love the tiny bits of basil floating in here. Feel free to put them through a finer strainer if you prefer a totally "clean" drink... but I loved that about these.
You may be wondering how I got all the shots of my husband making these since he just "whipped them up" for me. Well.... I was SO impressed by these, that I insisted that he start ALL over again from scratch just so I could capture the magic... for YOU, readers! You're welcome.
I hope you enjoyed this simple and delicious cocktail recipe!
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As usual slice and dice before you begin. That makes everything go so quickly. Add strawberries and basil to your martini shaker and then muddle them together. The broad back end of a wooden spoon handle works well to muddle the berries together with the basil. It may take a few minutes to get them all broken down. Add in the rest of the drink ingredients. Add ice and shake for a minute or two until very cold. Strain out into martini glasses. Garnish with a strawberry. Summer in a glass... Please enjoy responsibly!