This first recipe is from fondue restaurant chain The Melting Pot. They say that the addition of natural herbs in cocktails also mirrors the strong trend of "going organic" and "going green" that's so prevalent in our society. Perhaps - what do you think? We do agree with them when they say that using herbs in drinks helps us make a natural transition from cooking fresh to trying new cocktails; the herbs are like a bridge for us.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
1 16-ounce glass
3 strawberries - de-stemmed
5 basil leaves
1.5 ounce Smirnoff Strawberry Vodka
1 ounce Island Oasis Strawberry Puree (or just pureed strawberries)
Fill (approximately 4 oz.) Lemonade
Muddle 3 strawberries - de-stemmed, with the five basil leaves and Smirnoff in a 16-ounce glass. Mix Strawberry Vodka, and Island Oasis Strawberry Puree in mixing glass or martini shaker. Add ice, shake for 15 seconds and pour into glass. Fill with lemonade and stir.
Garnish with extra strawberry and basil.
Here's a second basil recipe that also sounds delicious. This comes from CORZO tequila, and it's interesting to think about basil and tequila - strong flavors! The drink recipe was created by CORZO mixologist Ian Lanwhrmier, and we also like the simplicity and straightforwardness of the cocktail. Look for another recipe from Lanwhrmier later today; we like his style!
CORZO Lemon Basil Cocktail
2 parts CORZO Silver
1 part premium triple sec
3 basil leaves
1/2 part simple syrup
Muddle lemon, basil and simple syrup in a chilled glass. Add ice, triple sec and CORZO Silver. Top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Related: Here are two more basil cocktails from the blog:
• Recipe: Pineapple Basil Cocktail
• Recipe: Rhubarb Basil Cocktail
(Images: The Melting Pot and CORZO)