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Time for a delicious summer cocktail

ERIN MCWHORTER
Contributing Columnist
ERIN@lbknews.com

One of the benefits of growing fresh herbs, such as Basil, on my balcony in the Tower Garden (a small aeroponic and soilless, watering system) is that I always have fresh ingredients to cook with. The Basil had grown so rapidly recently, we had to throw a fun cocktail party and share it. I invited my friends to Classico, a local restaurant downtown, and they were able to savor the best tasting, pesticide free, non-GMO Basil they have ever tried. I will be hosting these fun and healthy events monthly going forward at local restaurants, and I hope everyone can soon try these delicious and fun martinis. Here is a recipe to try at home in the meantime. Enjoy!

Ingredients (Serves 2):

• 4 oz Vodka

• 1 oz St. Germain

• 1 oz Vermouth

• ¼ Large Cucumber (peeled, seeded, diced)

• 6 Large Basil Leaves (chopped medium-fine)

• ¼ Lime Juice

Directions:

• Muddle cucumber, lime juice, and basil together

in a cocktail shaker.

• Add vodka, St. Germain, and vermouth.

• Fill with ice and shake well.

• Strain into a martini glass.

Enjoy! Preferably on the beach or your balcony!

Photo credit: Carissa Warfield

 

 

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