3 fresh strawberries
1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar or granulated sugar substitute
5 Thai basil leaves (or 3 regular basil leaves)
2 oz Ketel One Vodka
3/4 oz Lime Cordial (see below)
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise pods
5 cardamom pods
In a shaker or heavy bottomed glass muddle strawberries first with sugar, and then add basil and muddle.
Add vodka and lime cordial. Shake well over ice, 10 to 15 seconds.
Fill a tall, slender glass or a wine glass with fresh ice. strain drink over ice; and top with club soda. Garnish with strawberry slices and basil leaves.
Toast spices in a small sauce pot.
Add lime juice and sugar to the pot and simmer.
Remove from heat, allow to cool, and strain into a non-reactive container. Use within 3 weeks.
Photo by Dave Zucker