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4 large strawberries 3 basil leaves, torn 1 part vodka 1 part club soda ½ part lime juice 1 part simple syrup Place the strawberries and basil in a cocktail

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4 large strawberries 3 basil leaves, torn 1 part vodka 1 part club soda ½ part lime juice 1 part simple syrup Place the strawberries and basil in a cocktail

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4 large strawberries 3 basil leaves, torn 1 part vodka 1 part club soda ½ part lime juice 1 part simple syrup Place the strawberries and basil in a cocktail

4 large strawberries
3 basil leaves, torn
1 part vodka
1 part club soda
½ part lime juice
1 part simple syrup

Place the strawberries and basil in a cocktail shaker. Muddle well using a muddler (if you don’t have a muddler, you can use the back of a wooden spoon). Fill the shaker half-full with ice and add remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

This story was published on May 15, 2014

Amy Brinkley

Amy Brinkley

Brinkley lives in coastal North Carolina, and blogs about all things food. She is regular contributor on the Our State website, Parade Magazine’s CommunityTable.com, and SheKnows.com.