Spiked Lemon Basil Martini
I made this drink recently for a dinner party. It was simple to make, and the flavor was delicious.
Simple Syrup (1 Cup Water/1 Cup Sugar) & 8-10 Fresh Basil Leaves
2 Cups Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Cups Vodka
Sliced Lemon and/or Fresh Basil Leaves (Garnish)
Rim: Sugar and Lemon Zest
Simple Syrup: Place 1 Cup of Water and 1 Cup of Sugar in a pot and heat until the sugar dissolves (approx. 3-5 minutes). Add the fresh basil leaves and simmer for 15 minutes. Let mixture cool and discard basil leaves. In a large pitcher, add the simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and vodka. Refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready, rim the martini glass with sugar mixture (Zest a lemon and add to ¼ cup of sugar. Mix well and place on a plate). Moisten the edge of the glass with a lemon wedge, then dip in the sugar/lemon zest mixture. Pour the refrigerated lemon basil drink mix into the glass and garnish with lemon and fresh basil leaves, if desired.