Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tipsy Tuesday - Strawberry Basil Sparkler

(pic / recipe credit: http://whatsgabycooking.com/strawberry-basil-sparkler/#.UW2FhRxQHzw)

Can I just say that I love when herbs are used in sweet things? I once saw a plum-and-thyme sorbet that looked amazing. And a pear-and-anise one. And basil goes so well with strawberries it's not even funny.

Here's what I have for you today:

Strawberry Basil Sparkler
For the Strawberry Basil Syrup
1 cup water
1 1/4 cup sugar
10 strawberries
1 cup loosely packed basil 
For the Strawberry Basil Sparkler
1 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz strawberry basil syrup
2 oz champagne or prosecco
squeeze of lemon 
For the Strawberry Basil Syrup
Combine the water, sugar, strawberries and basil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Let the sugar dissolve and the flavors from the strawberries and basil infuse the syrup for about 10 minutes. 
Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
Once the mixture has cooled, strain out the liquid into a container and discard the strawberries and basil. 
For the Strawberry Basil Sparkler
In a cocktail glass, combine the vodka, strawberry basil syrup, champagne or prosecco and a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir to combine and serve immediately.
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