A new year is nearly upon us, which is a good time to celebrate with a brilliantly refreshing cocktail, Anastasia’s Garden. Flavours of sweet strawberries and fragrant basil combine with premium vodka and some carbonation to dance on your tongue. Pressing refresh never tasted so good.
1oz Russian Standard vodka
4 basil leaves
3 ripe strawberries
3oz soda (or champagne)
Garnish with a basil leaf
Cut the tops off the strawberries and place directly into a glass. Give the basil leaves a smack to awaken them and place on top of the strawberries. Muddle until the berries are all pressed. Fill with ice and pour in the vodka. Top with soda or champagne and stir gently. Place a basil leaf or sprig for garnish. Enjoy!
The carbonation not only gives your taste buds some fun, it also helps release the fresh fruit and herb aromas.
If using a champagne, choose a dry or Brut champagne. Another substitution is sparkling white wine