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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.

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This story was published on May 15, 2014

Amy Brinkley

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