Strawberry Basil Sparkler

Summer is the best time to use fresh fruit and herbs to your advantage. The price is right for in-season fruits and the flavors are unmatched compared to other times of the year. I dusted off the ol’ bartending skills and put together these Strawberry Basil Sparklers , guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser for any summer event – or muddle one up for yourself while you sit with your dog – who am I to judge?


What you need:

  • 1.5 oz of vodka (I used KC local J. Rieger & Co. vodka)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (I used raw cane sugar)
  • 3 medium strawberries – hulled + quartered
  • 2 large basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice
  • Muddler

Directions:

  • In a high-ball glass (short cocktail glass), place the strawberries, basil, and sugar – muddle until strawberries are completely pulverized and sugar is no longer granular;


  • Fill glass to the brim with ice over the muddled mixture;

  • Pour vodka over the top of the ice and muddled mixture, use a larger cup to shake or transfer mixture into a shaker – shake 7 times (don’t ask me why it’s 7, it just feels right, ok?);

  • Top with sparkling water;
  • Garnish with strawberry + basil;
  • Enjoy immediately!


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Cheers!

Food Gal Al

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