12 Grapes serves up Andrea’s Basil Martini
A great alternative to a Mojito, check out how basil changes the flavor profile.
Andrea’s Basil Martini
■ 3 basil leaves
■ 3 lime wedges
■ 1 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
■ 2 oz orange vodka
■ 1 oz orange juice
■ Splash of club soda
In a rocks glass full of ice, place three basil leaves, three lime wedges, and the St-Germain. Muddle all together, to release the basil and lime flavors. Pour into a shaker with ice; add the orange vodka, orange juice, and a small splash of club soda. Shake vigorously, then strain into a cold Martini glass. Garnish with a small basil leaf and a lime wedge. To serve on the rocks, simply pour into a rocks glass, leaving the muddled basil leaves and limes in the glass.
“This is a nice alternative to a Mojito and leaves the palate with a unique freshness,” says bartender Andrea Prando.
Bottoms Up: 12 North Division St, Peekskill (914) 737-6624; 12grapes.com