COCKTAILS: Basil Spritz

Updated: Mar 5

Are you ready for some bold flavors? Our take on a champagne cocktail involves basil, fig syrup, and Peychaud's bitters. —INGRAIN, Spring 2019



A riff on a champagne cocktail, it’s the tiniest spritz of basil that nails down the flavors. Use the same method to make cocktail mists with citrus peels, dried spices, vanilla beans, or fresh herbs. Make sure the cider is well chilled.


Makes 1 cocktail


2 teaspoons Fig Syrup

10 drops Peychaud’s bitters

2 to 3 ounces chilled Virtue Cider Michigan Brut

Basil Mist (ingredients + recipe below)


To serve: fresh basil (optional)


STIR

2 teaspoons Fig Syrup + 10 drops Peychaud’s bitters together in a coupe or other small glass.


TOP

Cocktail with 2 to 3 ounces chilled Virtue Cider Michigan Brut, to taste.


SPRAY

Basil Mist on top of cocktail or garnish with a sprig of fresh basil, and serve.

BASIL MIST


Basil leaves (handful)

1 to 2 ounces high-proof, neutral alcohol


TOSS

Handful of basil leaves into a medium zip-top bag and pour in enough Everclear, vodka, or similar high-proof, neutral alcohol (1 to 2 ounces) to saturate the leaves. Seal and let the mixture macerate overnight.


DISCARD

Leaves, strain, and transfer the liquid to a small mister bottle. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


Grocery List: Basil Spritz


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