Some new marriage advice from my mom (and some of the best advice we’ve gotten so far)!
Teach Eric how to make you a basil lemon drop martini. While you cant sit lakeside at the cabin on a Friday evening in San Francisco… you can pretend you are back in Minnesota unwinding after a long work/school week.
I encourage you to use North Shore Vodka – lovely lovely vodka, love the name and better yet – the distillers are a husband and wife team.
You will need:
1 cup water
big handful of basil leafs
a few basil stems
North Shore Vodka
Mix the water and sugar together in a sauce pan, stir and try to get the sugar dissolved. Add the basil stems that you have chopped into little bits.Heat the mixture up until it simmers, giving it a stir every now and then.
When it is simmering, turn it off, add the handful of basil leaves that you have “crumpled” in your hands – this releases the flavor. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes.
Strain the mixture – throw away the basil leaves..
You can use a paper coffee filter to strain the mixture if you like.
IIn a martini shaker – or other container –
fill container 1/2 way with ice, add 2 Tablespoons of basil simple syrup, 3 shots (3 oz) vodka and the juice of one whole lemon. Shake shake shake.
Strain, dont use the ice – serve in a small martini glass and garnish with a basil leaf.