Thursday, May 23, 2013

Strawberry Basil Vodka Spritzer

Happy Memorial Day and happy three day weekend to you! 


Wow, it's been a long ride. I mentioned in my Almond Joy Smoothie post that we were buying a house. (By the way, if you haven't, you really should try that smoothie.) But what I didn't mention was that it wasn't a done deal by no means. In fact, we had to rent the house for 3 months since the seller had already moved out, but wanted income from the home, but couldn't sell until the early termination penalty on their loan ran out. Complicated! And not the way I wanted to do the whole buying a house thing. I've been itching for 3 months to rip out cabinets, paint walls, take vertical blinds out, replace light fixtures... I could keep going but it would take up this whole blog post! So basically we have been living in the house not entirely sure that it would become ours... until this day! YAY. BIG SIGH. It all worked out, just like everyone told me it would, but it still gave me anxiety 95% of the time.

Which is why I deserve a drink. To alleviate 3 months of stress, to celebrate, and to kick off Memorial Day weekend, which is one of my favorite weekends. I had to put that in writing since my husband didn't believe me that Memorial Day Weekend was one of my favorite weekends. He says every weekend is my favorite weekend which is pretty much true, but I especially like Memorial Day Weekend because it kicks off summer, is my Mom's birthday, is the anniversary of getting Penny and therefore also her birthday, is the weekend I make my annual strawberry dessert for Mom's birthday, and now is the weekend we officially own a house! Phew... run on sentence galore here today. Excuse me, I'm excited.

So let's get to this drink. This Strawberry Basil Vodka Spritzer is so refreshing and delicious with just the tiniest hint of sweetness coming from strawberries and honey. It's the perfect summer cocktail to sip in my backyard this summer. And it's the perfect summer cocktail for you to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend!

Strawberry Basil Vodka Spritzer

makes 1 drink

4 medium ripe strawberries
3 basil leaves
1.5 ounces vodka
1 teaspoon honey (I use raw honey)
1 tablespoon lime juice
6 ounces soda water

Roll up basil leaves and slice into thin strips. Cut tops off strawberries. Slice strawberries into small pieces. Using a mortar and pestle muddle strawberries and basil together, squishing strawberries to release the juices. Alternately, you could take the strawberries for a quick spin in a blender without the basil. 

Add muddled strawberries and basil to a large glass (I actually used a mason jar), add vodka, honey, lime juice, and soda water. Stir with a spoon and pour into a glass with ice. Enjoy!

P.S. Amazing Memorial Day Food...

Have a happy three day weekend. See you next week with my annual strawberry dessert!

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