Strawberry-Basil Martini
Recipe type: Cocktail, Drink
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Serves: 2 cups syrup; recipe for 1 cocktail
For the strawberry simple syrup (makes about 2 cups syrup):
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 3 cups hulled and sliced strawberries, (about 1 quart, 1-1/2lb., 680g )
For 1 cocktail:
  • 4 large basil leaves, plus one leaf for garnish, if desired
  • 2 ounces (60ml) gin or vodka (recommended; Hendricks or Bulldog)
  • 1 ounce (30ml) Lillet Blanc
  • ½ ounce (15ml) elderflower liquor
  • 1 ounce (30ml) strawberry simple syrup
  • ½ ounce (15ml) lemon juice
  1. For the strawberry syrup: In a medium saucepan, add water, sugar and strawberries. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves, about 2 to 3 minutes. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes, occasionally skimming off any foam that forms on the surface. Pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer set over a heat-proof bowl and allow liquid to drain on it’s own. Don’t press down or the syrup will be cloudy. Cool to room temperature and transfer to a clean glass jar. Chill until ready to use.
  2. For one cocktail: Add basil leaves to a shaker and gently bash a few times with a muddler or the bottom of a wooden spoon. Fill shaker with ice and add all the other ingredients. Shake hard for 10 to 15 seconds. Double strain into a chilled martini glass, float a basil leaf on top and serve.
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