|Strawberry-Basil-Bourbon Spritzer with Basil Simple Syrup & Macerated Strawberries|
|Here's a picture of our little herb garden outside our front door :)|
For the Basil Simple Syrup:
1 Lime, Zested & Juiced
1 ½C Fresh Basil Leaves
For the Macerated Strawberries:
1lb Strawberries, Cut into Pieces
2T Balsamic Vinegar
2T Ginger Ale
For the Strawberry-Basil-Bourbon Spritzer:
6-8 Fresh Basil Leaves (plus a few for garnish
1oz Prepared Basil Simple Syrup
3oz High Quality Bourbon
Syrupy Macerated Strawberries (the more strawberries you add, the sweeter the drink)
Ginger Ale or Soda
Directions:1. For the Basil Simple Syrup: Heat the sugar, water, and lime zest in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add in the fresh basil leaves and let the mint steep for 10 minutes. Next, pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a bottle. Discard the solids. Let the syrup cool completely at room temperature. Stir in the fresh limejuice. Refrigerate the syrup until chilled. Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
2. For the Macerated Strawberries: Place the strawberry pieces into a large bowl and add in the sugar, balsamic, and ginger ale. Stir until they are completely coated. Let this mixture sit for a few hours at room temperature until they are syrup and soft. Refrigerate until chilled.
3. For the Strawberry-Basil-Bourbon Spritzer: Lightly muddle the basil leaves with the prepared simple syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add in the bourbon and shake to combine. Spoon some of the macerated strawberries mixture into the bottom of a tall, clear glass, and then fill it with crushed ice. Pour the liquid over the strawberries & ice. Stir until the strawberries are mixed throughout and a frost forms on the outside of the cup. Top with Ginger Ale or soda, garnish with fresh basil and fresh strawberries, and then serve with a straw.