Basil — What a Delicious Herb
My name is Bridget, and I am a fan of basil.
I’ve recently discovered basil is really good in margaritas. I wondered how this beautiful herb would taste when combined with other spirits. Turns out it is also great paired with vodka!
I found this recipe on Liquor.com and played around with it a bit. I hope you find this cocktail as refreshingly delicious as we did!
The instructions contain the verbs “muddle” and “shake,” but have no fear if you don’t own a muddler or shaker! Instead of “muddling,” I “smashed.” I don’t have a bartender’s “shaker” so I used an old (clean!) plastic jar with a lid.
Wait no longer — give this drink a try today!
Basil, Cucumber & Lime Cocktail
|Prep time||5 minutes|
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|Slightly adapted from recipe on||Liquor.com|
- 4 Fresh basil leaves
- 5 Slices of cucumber (1/4 inch thick)
- 4 Ounces Simple syrup (Make simple syrup by combining equal portions water and sugar. Heat until sugar dissolves. Store in fridge.)
- 1 Large Juicy lemon
- 1 Large Juicy lime
- 4 Ounces Vodka
There's no need to buy any fancy bar equipment for this cocktail. To "muddle" I used my Pampered Chef tool called the "mix and chop" and that worked perfectly. You could use a potato masher. I also don't own a shaker (yet) so I use a plastic jar with a lid. When I strain the cocktail, I strain through a sieve. Nothing fancy!
|Muddle basil and cucumber along with simple syrup.|
|Add juices from the lemon and lime.|
|Place all in shaker (or something similar) filled with ice and shake, shake shake. Strain into ice-filled rocks glasses. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.|