This basil martini is interesting. Food and wine published it a few years back.
I always have cucumbers in my kitchen. (And I wish I always had fresh basil!)
I'm a fan of Food and Wine and I have to say the ONLY reason I tried this without prejudging was I like their magazine.
This is just weirdly good.
If you are looking for a sweeter flavored drink with basil - check out my kamikaze drink - its the classic kamikaze recipe but with an Italian basil twist.
Substitution ideas for this are listed below. And while you are here check out my Italian drinks section.
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Just a note - if you have cucumbers and basil left over skip over to my friend Alison's blog and see how to make pesto. (Betcha didn't know there were so many ways to justify a basil martini! ) Cheers.
Basil Martini Recipe
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1 tablespoon hot water
* 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger ( don't panic see the workaround in substitutions)
* One 3-inch piece of cucumberpeeled. Seed it. Dice it. And leave a round piece for the glass
* 3 basil leaves, 1 torn and two little ones for pretties
* 2 ounces gin - really good gin! (I LOVE that new Tanqueray 10 - yummmmm)
* 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
* Pour all ingredients in shaker.
* Strain and serve in your fancy schmancy glass.
NOTE: See below if you want the martini to be green in color.
Don't have fresh ginger?
I almost NEVER do. But I do have an excellent quality ginger powder. So I made a ginger syrup with the water and sugar. Use 1/8 th teaspoon and dissolve in very HOT water. Make sure it's GOOD quality ginger powder. If you only have a "meh" ginger then leave this out.
Can I use dried basil?
Nope. Absolutely not. Horrible things will happen. No one will want you to make drinks ever again.
What about using bottled lime juice?
Please don't. Fresh is best in everything. If you're using a cucumber, that means you have been to the produce section. Pick up a ding dang lime while you are at it.
Want your basil martini to look green?
If I'm going for color or cool appearance - here's what I do. I strain, but then put the basil and the cucumber in a coffee filter and wring the heck out of 'em. Their juices will give you a green color.
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Labor Day Is Coming Up!
It's still so hot, it's hard to get excited about cranking up the over. So - there are a couple of NO BAKE stand-by's I use:
Strawberry and Marsala
Amaretto Mouse Cheesecake
The big word is NO BAKE.
And then, there's always my Italian Drinks collection to make a party unique and festive.
Whatever you choose for Labor Day, keep it cool. Keep it simple. And keep it safe!
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