The Spring Forward Martini

“This tastes like a summery drink,” said my husband.

“What?” I replied.  “It’s totally Spring.  Grapefruits aren’t even in season in the summer.  Strawberries are best in the Spring.  I guess basil is Summer, but I can get past that.”

The Spring Forward Martini up close and personal #nofilter #latergram

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“Besides, it’s the perfect pink for Easter.”

This martini was inspired by the Sage Recipes’ Grapefruit and Basil Martini and the early Easter that we are celebrating.  Since Spring began just over a week ago, and many of us have been seeing more snow and chilly temps than rainbows and tree buds, this cocktail will help put a little spring into you step.  It looks pretty.  With two ounces of vodka, though, it’s no lightweight cocktail.

The Spring Forward Martini 

5 large basil leaves
1/2 c. strawberries, sliced
1/4 t. raw agave syrup
1 pink grapefruit, juiced (about 1/2 c.)
2 oz. vodka

Muddle the basil leaves, strawberries and agave in a cocktail shaker.  Fill shaker halfway with ice.  Add grapefruit juice and vodka.  Cover and shake.  Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass.

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