I grabbed a bottle of Square One Organic Basil Vodka earlier this week. In return, it grabbed me in that special place that makes you feel warm and fuzzy, which, if I understand anatomy correctly, is your liver.
I am a fan of drinking basil vodka, and usually infuse it myself or muddle it with strawberries. Square One has graciously agreed to save me lots of time infusing basil vodka by making it for me. I’ve decided to use a portion of that extra time spreading the word about basil vodka, and the remainder shall be spent discussing the British television program “Misfits” with the zero others I know who also watch it.
I did two things with the basil vodka:
Strawberry Basil Vodka Tonic
Slice six strawberries into quarters. Muddle in bottom of glass with a little sugar. Throw in some ice. Pour on a shot of basil vodka. Top with tonic. Pour in more vodka. Stir. Drink. Smile. Drink. Wonder if you’re supposed to be getting so much strawberry chunks up your straw. (It’s fine. You are.) Continue drinking and smiling. Spend several minutes trying to stab strawberry bits with your straw. Eventually realize you have no shame and use fingers to shove delicious strawberry bits into your mouth, stab yourself in the eye with the straw and spend several minutes wondering if you’re now bleeding from the eye or if those are just strawberry bits all over your face.
Strawberry Basil Martini
Strawberry puree, a bit of sugar, a tiny bit of tonic and a healthy amount of basil vodka. Rim glass with sugar (we used some crushed graham crackers, too). Garnish with a basil leaf and strawberry. Drink. Regret not having a mammoth martini shaker like I do, as now you have to do all that work over again.
Of course, there’s one more way to enjoy Square One Basil Organic Vodka.
The Proper Way
Open bottle. Smell. Say: “Well, it smells like basil!”
Pour vodka over ice. Smell. Drink. Say: “Well, it tastes like basil, too!”
What would you do with basil vodka?