This time of year strawberries are in abundance and whether you’re getting them from the farmers’ market or the grocery store or you’re going on a grand strawberry picking field trip like my friend Lary, they are sure to be juicy and sweet. Pairing strawberries with the floral and lemony flavor of basil makes the perfect accompaniment. You could top this with regular soda water, but the added zing of ginger ale is fun and refreshing for summer. Plus, they look so festive for the upcoming holiday! Enjoy!
Strawberry Basil Ginger Cocktail
makes three cocktails
2 cups chopped strawberries
4 large basil leaves
4.5 oz. vodka
1 can Honest Fizz Golden Ginger Ale
strawberries, to garnish
You can rim the glass with traditional sugar, if you want. To make it healthier you can instead dip the rim of the glass into honey or pure maple syrup, or try coconut or maple syrup sugar.
Combine strawberries and basil in a high-speed blender and blend until pureed, about 15 seconds (should make about 1 cup puree). For sugar rims, slice a strawberry in half and rub it around the edge of your tumbler glasses and turn upside down in sugar. Carefully fill glasses with ice, then pour about 1/3 cup strawberry-basil puree into each glass. To each glass, add 1.5 oz. vodka, then top with Honest Fizz Ginger Ale or flavored bubble water.
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