Friday, June 18, 2010


Every summer it seems we get introduced to yet another new cocktail. We've had mojitos, and if we date ourselves we could go back to Tom Collins', Tequila Sunrises, Cosmos.....the list goes on. Sometimes when someone mentions a specific summer cocktail, it can bring us back and remind us of "the summer when I...."

As I sit typing, it is only 10am, nearly 80 degrees with 90% humidity...gonna be a HOT one today!!!!!! So staying hydrated while enjoying a refreshing cocktail on this Friday afternoon is the priority. So we need something fresh, snappy and sippable!!!!

So let's try a nice Basil Citrus Fizz!

First you need to make a basil-lemon simple syrup.
Heat to a boil one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a small saucepan. When sugar is dissolved add torn leaves from two large basil leaves and the zest of two lemons. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Strain and let cool completely.
In a martini shaker with ice, combine 1 oz basil lemon simple syrup, 1-1/2 oz good vodka, 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice. Stir in 3 oz club soda. Pour into a cold martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon. You could add a sprig of basil too!

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