Go green during the winter months with this cocktail dreamed up by Napa Valley chef Michael Chiarello, author of Michael Chiarello's Bottega. This is his fragrant take on the fresh-herb cocktail craze.
8 oz. fresh lime juice
4 oz. sugar
4 oz. water
12 oz. vodka
4 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
In a pitcher, muddle one large bunch of basil leaves with 8 oz. fresh lime juice and 4 oz. simple syrup (4 oz. sugar dissolved in 4 oz. boiling water, then cooled). When the basil's aroma becomes pronounced, pour in 12 oz. vodka and 4 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur. Strain and pour into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a basil leaf.
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