Strawberry Basil Blush Cocktail
By Kathy Casey
The Strawberry Basil Blush cocktail brings together the wonderful flavors and aromas of basil and strawberries. It is a very fruit forward cocktail that is perfect when fresh ripe strawberries are in season. Try making it with either vodka or gin and see which you prefer. For a tall and refreshing play on this cocktail serve it over ice.
1 fresh basil leaf
1 - 2 fresh strawberries
1 1/2 oz gin
1 1/2 oz Lillet Rose (or substitute a rosé wine)
Garnish: Basil leaf
Tear and drop basil leaf into a mixing glass.
Drop in strawberries and lightly muddle to release the juices.
Measure in the gin and Lillet. Fill mixing glass with ice. Cap and shake vigorously.
Strain into a martini glass (Double strain if desired.) Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.