On our quest to provide fresh, seasonal beverages to our client, I wanted to incorporate some local stuff. I have been a bit of a hater in the past of Rock Town distillery here in Arkansas. I will say good things about their Brandon’s Gin, their Barrel-Aged Rum, and in this case, their Basil Flavored Vodka.
I took about a half bottle of Basil Vodka (you can also make your own, we just had found it on sale) and I put in roughly 8 whole Cloves. I let that sit for about 48 hours, and it wound up being great. You can change the amount of cloves, or the time you let them sit, in order to adjust the overall amount of clove notes that you get in your infusion.
Here’s how we made the cocktail —
Basil Clove Fizz
1.5 oz. Clove-infused Basil Vodka
0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
4-6 basil leaves (depending on size)
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
Muddle lemon, simple, and basil leaves
Add ice and vodka
Shake all ingredients
Fill a Collins glass with ice
Strain over ice, attempting to get some basil leaves to float around
Top with Soda Water
Garnish with a lemon wheel, and an additional sprig of basil
Notes: Rather bright acidity. Typical fizz characteristics. Flavorful, and while you can taste the contribution that the basil clove vodka makes, it is not overbearing, so that you can have several of these on a hot summer day. Not really much to say about this drink, sorry.
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Enjoy! See ya next time! =]
Photo Credit: Robbie Brindley