friyay happy hour: sweet tart

february has arrived. and i have to say, february is one of my favorites. the pink and red and hearts all over tells me two things. valentine's day is coming in hot, and the end of winter is near.

longer days and warmer temps are right around the corner. although, right now in socal, the warmer temps are already here.

so today, i'm serving up just what the name of the cocktail describes. a refreshing cocktail that is part sweet, part tart and 100% goes down easy. 

sweet tart

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 2 minutes

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. 2 oz sparkling water. 1 oz blood orange simple syrup (THIS simple syrup made with the zest & juice of 1 blood orange). .5 oz blood orange juice. .5 oz lime juice, lime peels reserved. 3 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped + a sprig of basil for garnish. violas for garnish. muddler. 1 cup ice. shaker. 

 

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start by combining the simple syrup, the juices and the basil in the base of a shaker. use the muddler to smash up all the basil and to beat up the lime peels to release all their oils. about 30 seconds.

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then add in the vodka and a couple of ice cubes. reserve the rest of the ice in your serving glass. shake the shaker well till everything is well combined and the oils have fully released from the basil and lime peel. about 30 seconds.

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strain the cocktail over ice. top off with sparkling water.

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garnish with basil and violas and enjoy. 

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xo, a

sweet tart

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 2 minutes

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. 2 oz sparkling water. 1 oz blood orange simple syrup (THIS simple syrup made with the zest & juice of 1 blood orange). .5 oz blood orange juice. .5 oz lime juice, lime peels reserved. 3 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped + a sprig of basil for garnish. violas for garnish. muddler. 1 cup ice. shaker. 

start by combining the simple syrup, the juices and the basil in the base of a shaker. use the muddler to smash up all the basil and to beat up the lime peels to release all their oils. about 30 seconds. then add in the vodka and a couple of ice cubes. reserve the rest of the ice in your serving glass. shake the shaker well till everything is well combined and the oils have fully released from the basil and lime peel. about 30 seconds. strain the cocktail over ice. top off with sparkling water. garnish with basil and violas and enjoy.