Cherry & Basil Collins Cocktail Drink Recipe - Impatientfoodie.com Drinks

Cherry & Basil Collins

cherry & basil collins

- Makes one cocktail -

Ingredients

The proportions matter in this drink, especially for the cherries and lemon juice.  It may sound fussy, but when I added just one more cherry, that little bit of extra sweetness overpowered the lemon flavor.  So you’ll want to follow the measurements closely on this one.

NOTE: The ingredients for this delectable cocktail are inspired by what we are finding at the farmers market in NYC, like, RIGHT NOW – let’s rock those cherries while we got ‘em (the season is very short)! 

1.5 OZ VODKA (I like Kettle One)
3 FRESH CHERRIES
1 BASIL LEAF
1 OZ FRESH LEMON JUICE
0.75 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP
2 OZ CLUB SODA

Instructions

  1. Remove pits from the cherries and drop into a cocktail shaker (or large glass) and squash them with a muddler or just the handle of a wooden spoon to get the juice out.
  2. Add the vodka, basil leaf, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake with ice.
  4. Strain into a glass, over ice if you like, top with the soda water and stir.
  5. (Optional) Garnish with a cherry or basil leaf if that’s your thing.

Reminder: Simple syrup (in the recipe below) is easy: Stir equal parts plain white sugar and water over low heat in a saucepan until all of the sugar dissolves. Don’t overheat the pan and turn the sugar to caramel, peeps!

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