Friday, May 18, 2012

Strawberry Basil Sparkler

This sparkler is made with thinly sliced strawberries, torn basil leaves, a little vodka, and a lot of sparkling water.  Here's why we love this cocktail: it isn't sweet or sour or bitter. It's a whole new animal -- a fizzy collection of real ingredients, sliced thinly & torn roughly to give up the edge of their unique flavors, but not overwhelm the pureness of the vodka and sparkling water.
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The combination of strawberries and basil is unexpected; basil isn't as sweet smelling as mint. We chose it for this reason specifically, because against the sweet strawberries, it elevates this drink's flavor profile to something sophisticated.
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Strawberry Basil Sparkler

Visit our Whole Foods column, Locally Mixed, for the recipe.
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  1. beautiful looking drink. Definitely willing to try the basil/strawberry mix.

  2. Ooh! I could use a glass or two right about now! Love the addition of basil here.


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