TGIF! The weekend is here and I am implementing a new editorial segment on my blog known as Happy Hour. My Happy Hour post will showcase a favorite drink recipe, beer or wine that I have indulged in lately. I did name my blog Ashes & Wine to represent my love for libations. If you know me then you know I fancy a good cocktail! I will post Happy Hour every Friday afternoon because let’s be honest-Friday happy hour is the light at the end of a long work week. To kick off Happy Hour this week, I present to you the Lemon Basil Martini! It’s a light and refreshing twist on the traditional martini. The citrus flavors mixed with fresh, muddled basil are the perfect combination of sweet meets sour. This drink is a great way to usher in Spring!
In a cocktail shaker, muddle chopped basil leaves with 2-3 slices of lemon. Add 1/2 oz. of simple syrup, crushed ice, and shake vigorously. Strain mixture into a martini glass and serve. Enjoy!