Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Bride to Be Cocktail

Dear Readers,

Happy June! I just love, love this time of year. It's as though the whole world is bursting with color -- bright blue skies, fresh young greens, and vibrant flowers blossoming everywhere. It's so pretty, it almost makes those blasted allergies worth it :).

Of course, this time of year is also when plenty of people tie the knot. I had the honor of being my sister's Maid of Honor (Or "Meg of Honor" as I liked to call myself :) when she got hitched in Moab, Utah this May. It was the most beautiful wedding! And while there were some crazy and hectic moments leading up to it (I can see why brides lose their minds in the weeks ahead of the wedding -- much like Cinnamon did in Madness in Christmas River!), it was an incredibly special day.

Anyway, I know a lot of you out there are bridesmaids of maids of honor this wedding season, and are probably charged with planning bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and the like. This is a cocktail I made for my sister's wedding shower early last month, and it was a huge hit! It's hard to go wrong with the refreshing flavors of basil, strawberries and lemonade this time of year. An added bonus of this drink is that you can easily make it without alcohol, and it's just as tasty.

So without further delay, here's the recipe. Enjoy the wedding season!

The Bride to Be

(Makes one drink)
2 ounces of strawberry lemonade
1 1/2 ounces of tequila (optional)
1 ounce of lime-flavored sparkling soda water (Talking Rain or La Croix are tasty!)
3 basil leaves
1 to 2 strawberries, sliced up
(If leaving out the tequila, replace with more soda water and lemonade)

Place the basil leaves and strawberries into a high ball glass and muddle together with a muddler or the back of a spoon. Add the strawberry lemonade and tequila, and stir together well. Top off with the lime-flavored soda water, and you've got an elegant and delicious sipper sure to please everyone in the bridal party!

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