Venus Trapped in Mars

26 June 2015

Drink On Fleek: Strawberry Basil Gimlet




No you're not lost. You're still visiting Venus Trapped in Mars, and thank the good lord it is indeed still Friday. The sporting world will have to wait for today because I'm currently working on rebranding Fan Friday.  This previous sentence could also be translated as: IT IS LATE JUNE... AIN'T NOTHIN GOIN ON

BUT you should support AMERICA and watch the US Women's Soccer Team take on China tonight at 6:30pm CST on FOX. Here are some reasons that I've decided I like Soccer and you should too. Ok there we go, Fan Friday fulfilled! Yay sports. With that said, thank you to Erin who so kindly pointed out to me that we have 48 days until Football. 

Ok next topic, let's talk about cocktails.  I don't know about you, but I love drinking cocktails, making cocktails, ordering cocktails, watching people make cocktails, Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee, 5 o'clock, gin.... etc and so on. Luckily, I have a boyfriend who likes all those things too -- well, I'm not sure he knows what Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee is, but yes to all the other things. 

CB and I decided to start a new tradition where we try our hand at making a cocktail each week. I thought I would share the recipes on the blog, in a new series called "Drink on Fleek." CB did indeed asked what fleek meant, so I told him it was a word that you're only allowed to use if your picture is posted on the internet. 

I picked the drink for the first round, a Strawberry Basil Gimlet. 

Traditionally, a gimlet is one part lime to four parts gin, and generally served straight up in a martini glass. Mine has the gin and the lime... but then a bunch of other stuff too. I also didn't use a martini glass because I'm not that fancy on weekdays --- translation: I hate cleaning them. 











I had a bottle of St. Germain on the shelf with a little over 2oz left in it, so I threw that in there too. A good rule of thumb when mixing a cocktail, throw some St. Germain in it. 

Ingredients 

2 oz. Gin
1 oz. St. Germain
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 Strawberries 
A few basil leaves 
Club Soda (optional) 

Muddle your basil and strawberry. 
That black tool pictured above, that's a cheap muddler I got from Kroger. Every self-respecting cocktail chef should have a muddler. Note- I bought mine about 4 days ago because I had never had the need for a muddler, ever, in my life.


In a cocktail shaker, combine muddled basil and strawberries, Gin, St. Germain and Lime Juice
Shake, serve over ice. 
I personally topped mine with bit of club soda for a little extra fizz.
 

Beware, it's delicious but very potent. This is coming from the girl whose drink of choice is a strong dirty gin martini or old fashioned. This drink will have you feeling reeeeeaaaal gooooood about life. A second serving will have you feeling reeeeeaaaal baaaaaad about life. Don't say I didn't warn you! 

So that is my very first Drink On Fleek! Or, if you read yesterday's post and want to join in the fun on Instagram, use #drinkonfleek if you end up recreating this! Or just use it for any cocktail pictures, I'm flexible.


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23 comments :

  1. sarah, can you please give me a photography class? these photos are incredible. and of course, OBSESSED with this new idea.

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  2. I agree with Helene. I'm loving the photos. Is that sign actually handwritten in your notebook? Artsy!

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  3. yum! Strawberry and basil is one of my favorite flavor combos

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  4. Agree with Helene, these photos are amazing! And this drink looks incredible tasting!

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  5. What a perfect post for my 21st! Ha. And agreeing with everyone else... I need your photag skills asap.

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  6. Pictures. My god. Your handwriting. Beautiful. Football. Not soon enough. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Oh my gosh, girl I am seriously jealous of how AMAZING your pictures came out AND your handwriting! Football DEF not soon enough, Hockey even further away! Soccer IS awesome! I was MLS as well as the USA Women 's soccer team, MLS games are just insane here in NY. :) ♥ Have an awesome weekend!!!!

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  8. I need this like yesterday. It looks awesome. I'm also agreeing with helene. I need tips on how my photos can look bomb like yours. :)

    I have a link up if you want to join the fun!

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  9. I need this like yesterday. It looks awesome. I'm also agreeing with helene. I need tips on how my photos can look bomb like yours. :)

    I have a link up if you want to join the fun!

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  10. St. Germain is the BEST! I love elderflower everything.

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  11. This looks real good! I am on my way over!! :-)

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  12. interesting drink and awesome pictures. I have never been a strawberry drin =k gal but this might be interesting

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  13. If only I drank... this would be perfect for my beach vacay in 2 weeks. But I do love your photos :) You did a great job! Oh and I love what you did with Helene's blog. You have some talent girl! I envy you!

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