“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.”
“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.