I don’t even know why I bother looking or spring cocktails. Here in New York it goes from winter to summer within a week. If It wasn’t for the blossoms on the trees, we wouldn’t even know what time it is. So ergo, I jump into refreshing summer cocktails. This one is amazing! Just be sure you use fresh ingredients, it makes a big difference in this particular beverage, you won’t regret it!



What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Grey Goose Cherry Noir
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed white grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz basil simle syrup (recipe follows)
  • basil leaves and strawberry slices

To make the basil simple syrup combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, and then simmer until the sugar is dissolved while you stir. Add 1 cup of basil leaves and simmer for 1 minute. Let it stand for 30 minutes, then remove the basil leaves and let it chill in the refrigerator. You can keep it in a jar, refrigerated, for one month.

Combine vodka, grapefruit juice and simple syrup, and pour over ice. Garnish with strawberry slices and basil leaves.