Double Basil Citrus Bomb Cocktail
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Double Basil Citrus Bomb Cocktail

2014 June 27

Happy Friday friends! Today I’m thrilled to announce that we have a new cocktail contributor here on Freutcake. Elana Lepkowski has been making my mouth water with her gorgeous and creative cocktails on Instagram and her blog Stir & Strain for some time now. I’m honored to have her on team Freutcake! – Leah

Lately I’ve been strolling the Farmers Markets with one goal in mind: seek out the new. I’ve usually been shy about investing in something I’ve never heard of, or that looks difficult to handle, or that I’ve been told should be rushed home and used within 45 minutes lest it spoil. Oh, and it’s $25 a pound. Le sigh! So, I’ve started small with this new item endeavor: I’ve set my eyes on the herbs.

Double Basil Citrus Bomb

Do you know how many varieties of basil there are out there? A lot. Like, a whole lot. Over a hundred, in fact. Sweet basil is the usual strain you’ll see in grocery stores, or taste in your pesto. But this weekend I spotted some purple Thai basil, and the beautiful smelling Lemon basil. If cutting into a fresh lemon makes your mouth curl up into a smile, you’ll love this herb. I knew I had to take it home with me when the farmer encouraged me to stick my nose into a bag of it and take a deep breath: heavenly.

Double Basil Bomb Cocktail

Those fresh smelling basil leaves were destined for a cocktail from first sniff. The resulting cocktail really is a citrus bomb! Freshly squeezed lemon juice heightens the lemony aroma from the basil in such a way that it’s just juicy and bursting with flavor. I paired this with a more neutral spirit, Aylesbury Duck Vodka (no ducks were harmed in the production of this vodka), so that the subtle earthiness from the basil still shines through. A quality tonic water provides just enough sweetness. And the last touch? A couple dashes of lavender bitters to create another subtle layer of floral on the nose and a slight bitter edge on the pallet.

Double Basil Bomb Cocktailphotos by Elana Lepkowski

Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed at the farmer’s market, calm yourself with some herbs. Pack them into a cocktail for a drink bursting with sunshine for your long summer days.

Double Basil Citrus Bomb Cocktail

small handful of lemon basil and Thai basil leaves
½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-½ vodka
3 ounces Fever-Tree Indian style tonic
3 dashes lavender bitters (optional)
basil flowers for garnish

1. In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle together basil leaves and lemon juice. Add vodka, bitters, and ice. Shake well for 20 seconds.
2. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice and top with tonic. Garnish with basil flowers.

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Elana Lepkowski

Elana Lepkowski

Cocktail Contributor / Mixes at Stir & Strain
Elana Lepkowski is a Los Angeles based mixologist, cocktail consult and occasional spinner of records. She also loves a large hat.
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  1. June 27, 2014

    This looks delish!


  2. June 27, 2014

    I have a funny feeling that lavender bitters should not be optional. Added to the list of things I need to buy asap!

    • June 27, 2014

      They’re actually pretty versatile. AND, a little goes a long way-it’s a good home bar investment!

  3. June 27, 2014

    Oh yes yes yes I need this in my life. What a beautiful cocktail!! Also how have I not added lavender bitters to my home bar, seems like a MAJOR mistake 😉

    • June 27, 2014

      Thanks! Buying bitters is a serious addiction of mine. But, it helps to have just the right flavor on hand!

  4. June 27, 2014

    Oh so great for a summer Friday afternoon post! I’m going to make these this weekend at a BBQ with friends!

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