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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Strawberry Basil Fizz

On Tuesday the sun broke out, the birds started singing, and it got up to 61 degrees in Minnesota. It's March 7th. There was only one logical thing to do. 
 Strawberry Basil Fizz (Makes two drinks)

6 oz. Crispin Original or Brut Cider
4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
2 oz. Light Rum
3 Large Strawberries, quartered lengthwise
4 Slices Lime
3 Large Basil Leaves, tore into large segments
1/2 tsp Sugar, plus more to rim glasses
 1) Pour out a bit of sugar onto a plate. Slide a lime slice around the rim of the glass and
     carefully roll the outer edge of the glass in the sugar.
 2) In a large mixing glass, muddle the strawberries, basil, lime and sugar. You don't need
     to pulverize the goods, just give them a good smash so that you release all the juices.
     If you don't have a muddler, get crafty, just don't mix metal with glass!
3) Add the rum, cider, and about 6-8 ice cubes (depends on your trays). Give in about two
    firm shakes with a shaker, careful though, it's under pressure. Don't have a shaker? Just
    pour back and forth a few times from one glass to the other.
4) Pour the mix evenly between the two glasses and top with the ginger ale/beer. Garnish
    with a lime slice wrapped around a small piece of basil and strawberry slice.




It was exactly the celebratory drink the day called for, so delicious! It's refreshingly herbal, sweet, and a little tart. Make it for your next party, you can show off your master mixing skills and impress your party people. Have fun, cheers!

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