Let’s Make A Basil Orange Smash
I don’t know about you, but my herbs are loving the hot humid weather we have been experiencing here in NY – and a Basil Orange Smash is about as refreshing as it gets.
I planted basil, mint, rosemary, sage, lavender, and thyme and love using fresh herbs in my cooking and when whipping up drinks.
Herbs are easy to grow, and I tend to use them if they are there. Plus they smell really good. The basil and mint are growing like wildfire! I can barely keep up.
And while I am loath to waste food I buy, throwing away something I grew is worse.
So what to do? Make a cocktail of course!!! Here I use fresh basil and orange sections to create a fragrant, herby, not to sweet cocktail. I’m using vodka, but you can easily switch to gin or whiskey.
Basil Orange Smash
Make this Basil Orange Smash when basil is at its summer peak!
- 3 to 5 fresh basil leaves
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 sections of a navel orange
- 1 ounce (30 ml) vodka
- 2 ounces (60 ml) sparkling water
In the bottom of a highball glass muddle your basil with the sugar. Really be aggressive with the muddling to release the oils from the basil leaves.
Peel and section a naval orange. Remove seeds. Add two or three sections to the glass.
Add vodka to the glass and use your muddler to kind of break up the orange and mix the ingredients.
Top with ice and sparkling water.
- You must use fresh basil for this drink! Luckily it is easy to find at the supermarket - if you are not so inclined to grown your own.
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