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Strawberry-Basil Cocktail

This cocktail of sun-ripened strawberries and tender basil is so refreshing without being overly sweet. It’s our favorite. —Mary Marlowe Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    1 serving

Ingredients

  • 3 fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 3/4 to 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce club soda
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cranberry juice
  • Pinch pepper

Directions

  • In a shaker, muddle strawberries and basil. Fill shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add the remaining ingredients; cover and shake 10-15 seconds or until condensation forms on outside of shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
To make your own simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Store, covered, in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Use to sweeten cocktails, iced tea or lemonade. Yield: 1-2/3 cups.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 162 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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