Sweet Strawberry Basil Cocktail

Strawberry and Basil were made for each other. Coming together to create a cocktail  Sweet yet savory fresh crisp finish from the club soda perfect Cocktail for any spring buffet and summer celebration.

  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

  1/2 oz limoncello 

  Pinch of black pepper  pepper

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. Yield: 1 serving.
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 the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Use to sweeten cocktails, iced tea or lemonade. Yield: 1-2/3 cups.
Originally published as Strawberry-Basil Cocktail in Taste of Home June/July 2014