I can never manage to actually follow directions, so here are my modifications. I cooked the strawberries and basil according to the recipe.
After I cook it and strain it, I put the syrup in this really cute glass bottle from Ikea (shown here holding two batches of the syrup). After it's in the bottle, I added a cutting from my basil plant. I wanted something about as tall as the bottle. I leave the basil in the syrup when I refrigerate it. So far it has kept well for at least 4 days (I haven't managed to keep it around longer than that).
put about 4 cubes of ice in a glass
add 1-2 shots of vodka
pour the glass about half full (depending on how sweet you want it) of the strawberry basil syrup
top with San Pellegrino Limonata
add a sprig of basil and enjoy!
Here is a photo of the actual drink at a cocktail party I recently hosted at home. Once you let it sit a few minutes, the strawberry syrup sinks to the bottom of the glass and the San Pellegrino Limonata stays on top. It's a very pretty summer drink.
So, not to forget the cocktail party and all the fun I had with the menu, here are all the tasty goods:
|Those are my famous strawberry cupcakes with strawberry icing. In the middle are coconut pecan cookies from the bakery section of Harris Teeter. I made sandwich cookies out of them with a little help from some Nutella!|
|That's my homemade Carolina style pulled pork bbq!|
|Of course we also had bacon jam!!!|
|We had a few items for sampling the bacon jam. I made fried green tomatoes (on top), and also had bruschetta (bottom of plate stand) and then I added a mushroom flatbread pizza from Trader Joe's that paired perfectly with the bacon jam!|
The ladies having lots of fun jewelry shopping!