Saturday, June 29, 2013

Recipe for today: Blueberry Basil Spritzer

The whole idea for this beverage started when I was visiting Virginia Beach, I went to this little restaurant called Leaping Lizards Cafe√. The watress suggested I order this refreshing drink and that I wouldn't regret it.  I ordered it and I fell in love!
I discovered a light and refreshing beverage with a wonderful blend of fresh basil herb flavor. The blueberries add the perfect touch of sweetness.  
Here is the recipe:
Blueberry Basil Spritzer

5 large fresh basil leaves
3 large fresh mint leaves
1 tsp. sugar (I used raw)
juice from half a lime
12-15 fresh blueberries
1 ½ oz. vodka
chilled club soda
Add basil, mint, sugar and lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Smash the ingredients together with a wooden spoon to release the herb oils. This is also known as muddling. Add the blueberries and continue to muddle until mixture becomes a dark pink tone. Add the vodka and fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top the glass with club soda and give the beverage a quick stir. Garnish is a skewered blueberries, basil and mint. Makes one beverage. Can be scaled for additional servings.

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