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Friday, May 04, 2012

Drink of the Week: Strawberry-Basil-Gin Lemonade

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic kicks off next week, but we’re getting a head start on the festivities with today’s Drink of the Week, an über-refreshing glass of Strawberry-Basil-Gin Lemonade. It’s one of a handful of gin-spiked lemonades being mixed next Thursday at an MCC preview party we’re co-host with Bulldog Gin, and with its springy mix of gin and fresh strawberry and basil, it’s a drink we plan on enjoying throughout the warmer months ahead. So if you’ll be in NYC next week, be sure to join us on Thursday for an afternoon of complimentary gin lemonades, great food and a $1000 Topman gift card giveaway to one lucky guest. Click here for details and to RSVP!

Strawberry-Basil-Gin Lemonade
2 oz. lemonade (your favorite homemade version, or a store-bought bottle like Hubert’s or Santa Cruz Organics)
1 oz. Bulldog gin
1 large, ripe strawberry, quartered
3 basil leaves
Ice cubes
Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer
Glass: highball
Garnish: slice of fresh strawberry

Gently muddle the basil and strawberry in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and garnish.