In Season Now In Season Now

Published on July 21st, 2010 | by Rachel Shulman


Basil – in season now and perfect for cocktails

Great basil is like a great tomato – its flavor really suffers when it’s grown in a greenhouse out of season and shipped across the country. So I always look forward to the first big basil harvest of the summer.

Of course basil is great in everything from pesto to stir fries to salads, but I find it extra refreshing in a cocktail on a steamy July afternoon.

There are dozens of varieties of basil, each with a different flavor profile, allowing you to mix and match different types of basil with your favorite drink recipes. For instance, this Lillet-Basil cocktail uses cinnamon basil for an interesting twist.

One of my favorite cocktails of the moment is the Produce Stand, a garden version of the classic Bloody Mary featuring basil, cherry tomatoes, hot sauce, and cachaça, a Brazilian liquor made from fermented sugar cane.

Also check out Bar None drinks for over 20 basil cocktails.

Do you have a favorite drink recipe using basil? Share it here as a comment!

Top image courtesy of amandabhslater via a Creative Commons license. Bottom image courtesy Frenkieb of via a Creative Commons license.

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