Tuesday, August 16, 2011
This will be a very short blog post. It’s August here in Italy and everyone is on vacation. Including me. We’re up in Todi and even though I’m cooking and entertaining up a storm, I’m finding it very hard to remember to photograph things. Pasta, pizza and grilled meats tend to get eaten up before I can even focus.
I am remembering to make cocktails though. Which may have a lot to do with why I'm forgetting to photograph things. Just a thought.
Luckily the other night I was able to capture these cocktails before anyone got their hands on them. Not to say that people weren’t hovering, waiting anxiously for their aperitivi. Actually, this time the hovering guest was actually helpful in the blog department. It was Eugenia who came up with the perfect name for this one: The Basilito.
And I guess it is like a Mojito with major ingredient changes. Basil and lemon stand in for mint and lime. And vodka instead of rum. I guess it doesn’t have anything at all to do with a Mojito, but it’s a cute name (thanks Eugenia) and is the perfect hot weather drink.
One warning: these go down awful easy. Just saying.
makes one drink
2 oz vodka
6 large basil leaves
1 tsp sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
sparkling water or club soda
Pour vodka into a tall glass, and add basil and sugar. Muddle well.
Add lemon juice and fill about halfway up with sparkling water. Add as much ice as will fit into the glass.