Thursday, June 2, 2011
Thirsty Thursday - Sweet Basil Martini (Rachel)
This post kicks off a new feature for Beauties and the Feast - a weekly "Thirsty Thursday" cocktail recipe that we hope our faithful readers will enjoy as part of the upcoming weekend! As always we want to hear from you - let us know how you liked the recipe and how you modified it to suit your tastes.
JJ and I visited Winthrop over Memorial Day weekend for a spur of the moment get away. We had dinner at Sun Mountain Lodge - our all time favorite restaurant. They always have wild game on the menu (a must for hunter types like us) and the mushroom strudel is TO DIE FOR - it will be a future BATF recipe if I can figure out how to make it. I had a hankering for a pre-dinner cocktail while we enjoyed our view of the Methow Valley and Colbey, our waiter, recommended the Sweet Basil Martini. When he brought it out my mouth immediately started watering - the basil fragrance was so potent! And it tasted even better - fresh and light, perfect for summer sipping. Enjoy!
1 - 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz Lillet - a brand of French aperitif wine, I had never heard of this, found it at the local grocery store with the best wine selection. It is a blend of Bordeaux wines and citrus liqueur. Thanks Wikipedia :)
3 basil leaves
Juice of one lemon
Muddle the basil leaves and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add the gin, Lillet and a handful of ice. Shake well and strain into your glass. Garnish with a basil sprig.