Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Santa Rosa: A Plum-Basil Cocktail

Photo: Jim P.
Summer's long days and mild temperatures make it an excellent season for reading, relaxing and sipping an evening cocktail.  Today I'm featuring an icy, fruity drink, created by Jim P., who has more ripe plums than he knows what to do with.  Having an abundance of fruit is a very good thing.  It's the mother of invention.

Here is the rough and easy recipe to make one serving of Jim's refreshing, plum-basil cocktail:

1 big, or 2 small very ripe plums
1 good-sized sprig of basil in a cocktail shaker
Add 2 oz bourbon
.5 ounces sweet vermouth
A dash of bitters (Jim uses Fee's barrel-aged.)

Shake and strain over crushed ice.
Top off with seltzer.

Be sure to find yourself some comfortable seating, where you will feel a summer breeze, relax and enjoy.


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