As the swelter of deep summer surrounded me I dreamt of a cocktail to lure me from my heat induced coma. A refreshing elixir that uses all the summer vegetables in my imaginary garden. With the heat suppressing my appetite, I craved flavors that would satisfy both my drown hunger and my impending thirst; a salad of sorts but in a cool revitalizing form.
Thus the Summer Garden Cocktail was crafted, using savory red bell peppers, crunchy cucumbers, jalapeño, basil, fresh lime juice and just a squeeze on tangerine juice for brightness. This healthy libation will satisfy your parched indifference and allow you to revel in your acute lethargy.
2 slices red bell pepper - 1 slice for cocktail, 1 slice for garnish
2 slices cucumber -1 slice for cocktail, 1 slice for garnish
2 slices jalapeño - 1 slice for cocktail, 1 slice for garnish
2 basil leaves
1 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz fresh tangerine juice
.75 oz agave nectar
1.5 oz Hanson's organic vodka
Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka is a small batch vodka distilled in Northern California from organic grapes
- Add veggies, and juice to shaker tin and muddle.
- Add agave, vodka, ice and shake well
- Strain over large glass full of ice
- Garnish with red bell pepper, cucumber, jalapeno and fresh basil leaf