I have a basil plant on the windowsill in my sewing room that I have managed not to kill for three weeks now. I know this good fortune won’t last much longer so I’ve been putting fresh basil in a lot of things. I have noticed that fresh basil is a trend in cocktails but was kinda skeptical. I decided strawberry and basil doesn’t sound too far out. I made this strawberry basil margarita loosely based on this recipe from Betty Crocker.com. I gotta say: strawberry and basil go really well together.
about 10 strawberries, hulled
3 medium sized basil leaves
2 oz tequila
2 tbsp orange liqueur
1/2 cup crushed ice
another strawberry and basil leaf for garnishing
1. I only have an immersion blender so I cut the strawberries into smaller pieces and put them in the immersion blender container with the tequila and orange liqueur. Blend until smooth.
2. Add the basil leaves. I pulled them apart into smaller pieces first then blended them into the strawberry mixture.
3. Add the crushed ice. If you have a real blender, you can use ice cubes and blend them in. Immersion blenders aren’t great at chopping ice so I used small pieces from my refrigerator door ice shooting apparatus. I blended the ice into the drink a little but I think it would have been better to just add the crushed ice without blending so the drink can be sipped slowly without getting watery.
4. Pour into a glass and garnish with a strawberry on the rim and a basil leaf.
I thought this was delicious and, with almost three shots in it, you only need one. If you have a real blender it would make sense to make a bigger batch, which would mean adjusting the quantities, of course. Something closer to the Betty Crocker recipe would be a good start because it makes two servings. I really don’t see the need for added sugar though since the strawberries have such a nice sweetness already.