You know us, we’re wine drinking gals, but when we drink the hard stuff–vodka, bourbon, scotch– we usually prefer it straight up. These are adult drinks and each maker works hard to give their spirit a distinct taste. (Read more in the tutorial on whisky/whiskey in our book.) On occasion, however, as the summer sizzles we’ll add a little something to a mix to give it a refreshing twist. This August our drink of choice has been muddled basil martinis. Simply made by muddling basil and spearmint with simple syrup, lime juice and vodka in a martini shaker.

Trust us on this, make a large pitcher of these, or you’ll spend the evening in the kitchen making refills for your guests.


The B*tches Muddled Basil Martini

-2 1/2  jiggers of  vodka or gin (Rumor has it that the Costco Kirkland brand vodka is really the same as Grey Goose, we’re not stating this as fact, but we like it very much. It’s industrial size, a great price and cool looking, too.)

-1  jigger simple syrup

-1  jigger fresh squeezed lime juice

-4 fresh sweet basil leaves

-1 fresh spearmint leaf (or to taste)

Muddle the basil, simple syrup and lime juice together. Add gin or vodka. Combine in a cocktail shaker with loads of ice. Shake until there are shards of ice and the mix turns frothy. Strain.