This drink combines the sophistication of a martini with the refreshing taste of mint, cucumber, and basil...and oh yes...just a hint of ginger.
2 tablespoons mint simple syrup*
1 1/2 teaspoons crystalized ginger
2-inch piece of cucumber--peels and seeds removed
1 large basil leaf
2 ounces Grey Goose vodka
Mint or basil sprigs for garnish
Muddle or blend syrup, ginger, cucumber, and basil together. I combine those ingredients with the vodka in a glass measuring cup and use my immersion blender to process. Add mixture to a cocktail shaker with ice. Cover; shake until mixed. Pour into a well-chilled martini glass. Garnish with mint or basil.
Makes 1 "Healthy" martini! :~) Enjoy
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 large mint sprigs
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
- Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick.)
- Add mint sprig to syrup while allowing to cool completely. Pour in a glass container and refrigerate.