You might think of a lemon drop as a shot that you did in college, but this grown-up version is nothing like its cloyingly sweet cousin.
Another basil cocktail! What can I say? The basil in my garden is blowing up, and fresh, summery basil is so delicious mixed with fruit in a cold beverage. I wanted to come up with a drink that included peaches, because I was thrilled to come across local, Georgia peaches at the store this weekend! I was just commiserating over at Luminous Vegans about how hard it is to find Georgia peaches, so when I saw a display of Pearson’s Peaches at Whole Foods, I snatched some up for this week’s cocktail.
There are two things you need to know about this cocktail:
1. I used a homemade vodka infusion. If you want to make your own infusion, it’s easy peasy! Just slice up half a lemon and cram it into a half pint mason jar with 2 tablespoons of fresh basil. Fill the container up with vodka, and let it sit overnight. Boom! If you don’t want to go through all of that waiting, you can use regular vodka. I will never tell.
2. I used purple basil. Purple basil doesn’t taste very different from the basil you’d normally find at the store, so if your basil is green, don’t sweat it.
Right. Ready to get mixing? Yes, let’s!
Peach-Basil Lemon Drop
This recipe calls for muddling some of the ingredients. If you’re not familiar with muddling, don’t worry. “Muddle” is just a fancy was of saying “smoosh up and stir together.” You can use a pestle or a spoon.
- 1 ounce of lemon-basil infused vodka (or regular vodka)
- 2 basil leaves
- 1/4 of a fresh peach, chopped, plus extra for garnish
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- soda water
- Muddle the vodka, basil, peach, and maple syrup in a highball glass.
- Fill the glass the rest of the way with ice cubes and top it off with your soda water.
- If you’re doing the garnish thing, grab a small slice of peach, score the fleshy side (not the side with the skin on it), and hang it from the rim of your glass. Fancy!