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Grapefruit Basil Vodka Spritzer

Grapefruit Basil Vodka Spritzer

I'll admit, I've been a bit of a lush lately. But it's not my fault. This summer has been a whirlwind of fun times. Fun times that have often involved my favorite poison. From my girlfriends visiting me, to my husband's birthday festivities, to a recent trip to Chicago for my best friend's 30th, I've been partaking more than I've been resisting. Whoops.

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It's also been delightfully sunny and warm in Southern California lately. Those blue skies and above average temps have me craving two things. Okay, maybe three. Beach, bikes, and (ice-cold) booze. Not just any booze though. You see, I've grown up quite a bit in my drinking day. I don't just drink to...you know, feel loose. I genuinely enjoy the taste of a refreshing cocktail. 

Like this cocktail right here. Combining one of my favorite fruits with one of my favorite herbs and my all-time, favorite spirit, the crisp, tangy, and perfectly sweet concoction is great for cooling down in this hot, sticky, summer heat. I won't tell you that it's also great for feeling loose pretty quickly since the basil and grapefruit are pretty great at disguising the vodka. No, I won't tell you that. You know, just in case the in-laws read this post.

Craft it in less than 5 minutes and you'll save yourself the $13 that almost any restaurant would charge you for a craft cocktail. You're welcome.

Grapefruit Basil Vodka Spritzer

Ingredients:

1/2 ruby red grapefruit

1 bunch of basil (about 10 leaves)

2 ounces Vodka

1 tablespoon simple syrup (recipe here)

Club Soda to top (1/2-2/3 cup)

Ice

Directions:

1) Using a heavy pint glass, muddle the basil with the simple syrup. Then, squeeze the juice from 1/2 grapefruit into the glass. Add the vodka and stir. Add ice cubes to a cocktail glass. Strain the grapefruit and vodka mixture into the glass. Add some basil leaves to the glass if desired. Top with club soda. Enjoy!

***Makes one cocktail

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