Did you know that strawberries and basil are extremely hardy plants in central Texas? Strawberry bushes will survive the occasional freeze and basil plants are basically a weed. I enjoy gardening a little, but in reality my thumbs are only light green, so it’s important to find plants that do well, with only a little attention. I’ve been successful in that area and now I don’t know what to do with all of the basil in my garden! My family can only eat so much pesto.
I decided that making a fun cocktail is kind of like cooking. Sometimes you look at what ingredients you have and then you figure out what you can make. That’s how I came across this recipe. Strawberries and Basil are both doing well in my garden this summer, so let’s turn them into a drink!
The recipe calls for water, club soda, Vodka, Tequila or Gin, strawberries, basil and limes. Since the liquor is the last step, it’s possible to make a big batch and then let the drinker decide – spirit of choice.
The most important step here is giving the strawberries and basil time to infuse the water. Put your strawberries, limes and basil in water and let it sit for at least eight hours.
Pour one shot of vodka, gin or tequila (we tried gin and it was a win – we recommend Still Gin, distilled in Austin) into your glass, then fill it halfway with your infused water. Finish filling up the glass with club soda and enjoy.
If you enjoy infused water, you will really enjoy this summer treat!