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.
Ingredients: Basil leaves 8 oz. fresh lime juice 4 oz. sugar 4 oz. water 12 oz. vodka 4 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
Directions: 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.