strawberry shag


Project Foodie: Cocktail Hour is Here, written by foodie pam

Strawberry Shag

From Sips & Apps by Kathy Casey, Chronicle Books 2009

Fresh basil lends a fun flavor note to the classic combination of strawberries and lemonade. Soda water introduces a lively sparkle.

Makes 1 drink

  • 1 to 2 large sprigs fresh basilsips-apps-strawberry-shag
  • 1/4 cup Sugared Strawberries, with juice (recipe follows)
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 ounces chilled soda water

For garnishing

  • Fresh strawberry
  • Small basil leaf

In a cocktail shaker, press the basil and strawberries together with a muddler to release the basil’s flavor. Fill the shaker with ice. Measure in the vodka and lemon juice. Cap and shake vigorously. Pour into a large glass, top with soda water, and stir. Garnish with a strawberry and basil leaf.

Sugared Strawberries

From Sips & Apps by Kathy Casey, Chronicle Books 2009

Makes enough for about 6 drinks

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Mix the ingredients and let sit for 15 minutes before using.


strawberries and basil make the best combination, so perfect for summer.


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