Strawberry Basil Spritzer
What makes this wine spritzer special is a shot of homemade strawberry-infused vodka. Tip it to your nose and it smells so very much like strawberry pie you may be tempted to sip straight from the jar — and if you do, it tastes wonderful, like sweet, perfectly ripe, boozy strawberries. In the spritzer, it blends with the rosé and basil beautifully, creating a drink that’s lightly sweet, very aromatic, and so perfect for early spring.
It’s a very pretty drink, too. The rosé and the strawberries give it a deep pink blush, and we love to see the basil and crushed strawberries swirling around in the ice. We’ve served it at baby showers and book clubs with great success, but it would also be fantastic for a Friday night happy hour on the patio.
Our tip: The vodka needs to sit for up to a full week, so this is a plan ahead project! But once you have the vodka, you can make all kinds of cocktails with it, from tipsy lemonade to vodka tonics and grown-up strawberry milkshakes. And if you prefer white wine — or it’s what you happen to have around the house — it will also work perfectly in this cocktail.
1 oz strawberry-infused vodka (recipe below)
1 strawberry, sliced
2 to 4 basil leaves
½ tsp granulated sugar
3 oz Gelson’s Rosé
3 oz sparkling mineral water
Muddle the sugar, strawberries, and basil leaves in a Collins glass.
Add the ice and remaining ingredients.
8 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
8 oz strawberries, sliced
Drop sliced strawberries into a bottle or glass container. Add Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Let sit in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days, or until it’s as infused as you like it.
Remove the fruit and store in an airtight container.
Recipes adapted from Tito’s Handmade Vodka