Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cranberry-Basil Spritzer cocktail recipe

1 c. water
1 c. sugar
½ c. basil leaves
2 c. unsweetened cranberry juice
¼ c. lime juice
1 l. chilled club soda
4 lime slices
1 c. cranberries
½ c. basil leaves

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add 1/2 cup basil leaves, remove pan from heat, and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain syrup and let cool for at least 1 hour. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, unsweetened cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice. Fill pitcher with chilled club soda, then add lime slices, fresh cranberries, and 1/2 cup basil leaves. To serve, pour spritzers over ice, top each with a splash more club soda, and garnish with basil.


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