Sunday, April 5, 2009

You put the lime in the basil and shake it all up....

Should have posted this little darlin' on Friday.
not so much a Sunday morning post...sigh
However...The in house mixologist that would be the husband
Had tried a version of this while on business in Atlanta.
A Basil and Lime infused martini...
We have Limes...We have basil....Let's Go!
This is a tingly refreshing Summer drink.
yep...it's coming folks. Promise
  • 6 large basil leaves1 small basil leaf or a very small "cluster" of basil leaves for garnish
  • 1/4 c. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 of your favorite vodka .
  • 3 parts water 3 parts sugar.try 3 Tbsp to 3 Tbsp...

um...about. I am not the best measurer...so I am told.
Simmer sugar and water together in a small saucepan until slightly thickened and just barely syrupy. Cool.

Tear large basil leaves (reserve the small ones) lightly and add to sugar mixture...

The smell of fresh torn basil is heavenly...

well to me...not so much to the ravaged basil.

Muddle (smash) together until leaves are well bruised.

~Ouch ~

(This is much easier if you have a "real" muddler, but you can also use a wooden spoon or potato masher, etc.)

Add lime juice and vodka. Chill (with ice) in a martini shaker and strain into a pre-chilled martini glass.

Add small basil leaf garnish.

Sip under a giant palm tree while the warm breezes sway the fronds...


Make a giant batch and store it in the freezer.... remove basil leaves before freezing It won't freeze,

so it can be poured straight from the freezer shake first, because the lime juice and syrup will settle to the bottom.

Then call me.

I can be over in a jif

38 comments:

Joyce said...

What time should I be over!! Those drinks look fabulous! I will have to try this drink. Soon (I hope) I will be planting basil. ENJOY!! xoxo

Blue Muse said...

Holy moly does this sound fab!!! I would never have thought to put basil in a martini - and with lime, but what a perfect thing! ... and I happen to have both in garden and on trees... Guess what's for drinks today in Museville? LOL. When can you be here?
Happy Sunday dear one.
xo Isa

sealaura said...

GREAT POST! Great pictures. I will def pass it on to my mixologist at the sealaura estate because it sounds superb.

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home said...

Sounds so refreshing and delish!

kathi said...

YUM! Sounds like a mojito with a basil twist - gotta try this!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Sounds intriguing! I'm not too fond of mojitos or mint juleps but I think I could give this martini a try! I'm always in the mood for a new martini recipe! Mucho Gracias!

Sharon said...

ooh, may be i'll give it a try, it sounds and looks great;)

twentyone-ten said...

hi,
I use the combination of lime and basil often for fish (iff you want check http://zwischengang.blogspot.com/2009/02/dorade-goes-asia.html)
but to mix it with vodka is very cool. I'll try this...
merci

Deborah said...

Oh so very pretty! Beautiful photos. Heading out to the herb garden right now...LOVE your tray.
It makes me happy! **blows kisses**
Deborah

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This sounds like a martini I might like.

MissBliss said...

really. we have limes and basil... good recipe here!

Velvet and Linen said...

Yummy!
I'm calling. When are you coming?

xo

b

sandra/tx said...

Yum! I don't know if my hubby will like it, but I think I might!

Coconut Girl Connie said...

oh, this is so perfect for Hawaii...come, Summer, come!

simpledaisy said...

That looks fabulous!!! I will definately have to try this cocktail on my next Tropical Tuesday night with my friend!!

once in a blue moon... said...

ahh that soothing green magic, perfect to sit and stare at bali... on my screen... courtesy of you!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh my that sounds delish. I must try this out. I'm sure it will become a hit for the summer time.

Amy said...

Oh! We had one of these in Portland, they are not to be believed...fantastic. With a strawberry in the glass, if I remember correctly.

Cheryl said...

Sounds perfect and I think I can find a few palm trees around here :)

Kierstin Bridger said...

Love basil
Love vodka
Love lime
Why haven't I ever thought of this?
Can't wait to try!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That sounds fabulous!
I love basil in my lemonade... this just kicks it up a nitch.

Come on over!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Stand by for that call from me - I'll be looking forward to it! xo

for the love of a house said...

Oh My... you're killin' me! These sound devine! I love the suggestion of making a big batch and then freezing them. Now, that's a girl who plans ahead!! j.

mary said...

And I thought I was growing this basil for pesto - OMG - what was I thinking ?

Ivy Lane said...

Divine! now..if it would stop SNOWING here in Ohio..and get warm out.. I would make you all a pitcher or 5 of these and serve 'em up on my back patio!! :)

Eloise said...

I had never heard of such a concoction, but wow! does it ever sound good! Thanks for the sharing the recipe.

PS Your pictures are fabulous.

abeachcottage said...

oooh it sounds delicious

i might try this I never thought of doing basil in it and I have a huge lot growing outside the cottage

mmmm mmm

nice inspiration

Sarah

teaorwine said...

Sounds like a heavenly combination!

Coastal Nest. said...

ring ring!!!

get your ass over here!!!
DELICIOUS~

Savvy Mode SG said...

oh yummmy! will have to try this.

Maureen said...

Sounds delcious to me! You'll have to share where you had this one- kind of reminds me of a Mojito, and I adore Basil. I am so glad you stopped by my blog for a visit-had not seen yours and will be back!

Natalie said...

Num nummy nums!

Yes, please!

The pics should be in a magazine!!!

Windy where you are? It's crazy here.

farmhouse wares said...

Hmmm. I love basil. I love limes. I love vodka. I think I'm going to love this new drink. Is it too early for cocktail hour to start?

Stereos and Souffles said...

Yum, I'm all over this drink!

Stephanie said...

This sounds like just what the doctor ordered, crisp and cool...please please bring on summer!

Daisy Cottage said...

Okay, I am soooooo there!
How delicious does THIS sound!

Happy Easter Linda to you and your family!

xo,
Kim

Linda Lou said...

Well, lets see I have two basil plants already growing in pots on the patio, and limes are like ten cents a piece, so I should have no problem shaking up this yummy cocktail!

QueenBee said...

I am new here and wanted to say hi.

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