Happy Hour Tuesday: Raspberry Basil Limoncello Cocktail

Rometti Limoncello - Raspberry Limoncello Cocktail

Happy Hour Tuesday!

Have you ever felt like the week has just started and Saturday already couldn’t come soon enough? If you need a drink that regenerates you from the stress of  work, traffic, and everything in between then we recommend this vibrant escape.  This week our refreshing cocktail called is the Raspberry Basil Limoncello Cocktail.

Created by the American chef Bobby Flay, the drink pairs fresh basil leaves with fresh raspberries. Herbs play such a fundamental role in dishes: they add unbelievably flavorful aromas, while balancing ingredients and reminding us of the season we’re in, and depending on the origin of each herb they can take us on a multitude of journeys throughout the world. This recipe is a great example of how fresh food ingredients can play well in the sand box of many drinks,  including the play yard pals of mojito, martini, margarita, etc.

Raspberry Basil Limoncello Cocktail is a mixture of minty and almost spicy unmistakeable taste of basil, and the flowery sweetness of raspberries. We highlight the zesty taste and color of Rometti Limoncello which provides some great balance to the citrus vodka.

Great if paired with cold pasta salads, herbal tartlets, crackers covered in creamy cheese, and dont forget tiramisu!

Ingredients:

1 pint fresh raspberries, plus more for garnish

12 fresh basil leaves, roughly torn, plus sprigs for garnish

1 lemon, cut into sixths, plus wheels for garnish

1/4 cup simple syrup, chilled (more if you prefer the cocktail a little sweeter)

2 ounces Rometti Limoncello

4 ounces citron vodka

Crushed ice

Sparkling rose wine, chilled

Combine the raspberries, basil, lemons and simple syrup in a small pitcher and muddle until the raspberries are mashed. Add the Rometti Limoncello and vodka. Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Put crushed ice into rocks glasses and add some of the raspberry mixture. Fill to the top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon and raspberries and basil sprigs if desired. (Courtesy of Bobby Flay)

ENJOY!~

Image taken from http://www.somedrinksrecipes.com

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