I couldn’t wait to use the vodka I infused with strawberries and basil. The first recipe I wanted to try was a Strawberry Basil Lemonade…heck, the source for my infused vodka recipe even recommended it. I also knew that I had lemon flavored San Pellegrino soda that I thought would be fun to try. I did a little hunting for recipes and settled on this one from Pearl Vodka as my inspiration. The flavors are slightly different (I use lemon versus their lime), but I thought the proportions would be a good start.
Strawberry Basil Limonata
Inspiration: Pearl Vodka
- 1 ½ ounces Strawberry Basil Vodka
- 3 ounces San Pellegrino Limonata, chilled
- Strawberry and/or slice of lemon for garnish
- Pour vodka and Limonata into an old fashioned glass
- Stir gently.
- Add ice and garnish with lemon and/or strawberry if desired
I didn’t get any distinct smell or flavor of basil from the infusion directly out of the jar. However, once I added the limonata, the basil perked right up – wow! The balance was quite spectacular. The limonata is sweet and bubbly, but there is a subtle saltiness, like a seltzer, that tones down the sweetness and makes it more “adult”. If my quantities of strawberry basil vodka weren’t limited, I might not have been able to stop after one. It took serious restraint, and the promise of another strawberry basil beverage, to keep from pouring another. It pairs well with a variety of foods – I particularly enjoyed mine with pizza and sub sandwiches. Cheers!