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Square One Basil

 

The garden fresh aroma and delightful herbal earthiness of fresh basil in a captivating spirit.

To create Square One Basil, we take our original organic rye vodka and infuse it with the essence of four basil varieties -- Genovese, Thai, Lemon and Sweet.  Then we add a touch of coriander, honeysuckle and lemongrass to round out the spirit and soften the finish.

Each selected basil variety in Square One Basil contributes its subtle yet distinct character to this graceful spirit.  The recipes below are inspired by many culinary directions - from Mediterranean to Asian inspired recipes to summertime's sweet fruit cocktail favorites.


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Square One Basil cocktail recipe sheet

Delicious and easy to mix Basil cocktail recipes

 

 

Oaxacan Lemonade

The rich smoky qualities of Mezcal with Square One Basil for a deliciously savory cocktail.

 

2 oz. Square One Basil

1/2 bar spoon Mezcal (rec: Del Maguey)

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

2 cilantro leaves (save one for garnish)

(Credit: Allison Evanow)

Tear cilantro leaf and put into mixing cup. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cilantro leaf and lemon twist.

 

 

Caprese Martini

If you enjoy the classic Caprese Salad, you'll really enjoy this cocktail version. .

 

2 oz. Square One Basil

1/2 oz. tomato juice

1/2 oz. lime juice

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

1/2 of a barspoon of Dirty Sue or olive brine

cherry tomato, mozzarella ball and basil leaf for garnish.

(Credit: Allison Evanow)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing cup with ice.  Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Skewer a cherry tomato, mozzarella ball, and a basil leaf as garnish.

 

 

Metro

Welcome winter's solstice with this tangy cranberry, Square One Basil and pear liqueur tipple.

 

1 oz. Square One Basil

3/4 oz. pur likor williams pear liqueur

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/4 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

1/2 oz. cranberry juice*

dried cranberries and a tiny lemon wedge on skewer for garnish

 

Combine all ingredients into a mixing cup and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with dried cranberries and a tiny lemon wedge on a skewer.

(*Recommend the rich, low sugar cranberry juice, like RW Knudson just cranberry. If using sweeter cranberry juices, eliminate the agave nectar/simple syrup ingredient from the recipe.)

 

Basil Watermelon Refresher

An appetizing combination of sweet watermelon, savory Square One Basil organic vodka and as an option, add a touch of bittersweet Campari.

 

1 1/2 oz. Square One Basil

1 1/2 oz. watermelon juice

1 barspoon Campari (optional)

1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice

1/4 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

small basil leaf for garnish

 

Combine all ingredients with ice and shake for 15 seconds. Strain the liquid into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

 

 

Pina Basil Collins

Square One Basil compliments the fresh tropical sweetness of pineapple in this cocktail.

 

2 oz. Square One Basil

1 oz. pineapple juice

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

club soda

pineapple frond as garnish

 

Combine all ingredients (except club soda) into mixing cup filled with ice.  Shake very briefly - just enough to blend. Pour into Collins glass and top with soda.  Garnish with a pineapple frond stuck into side of glass.  Option: add .5 oz. Domaine de Canton liqueur.

 

 

My Word

Square One Basil plays well in spirit forward cocktails, such as this spin on the cocktail classic "My Word".

 

3/4 oz. Square One Basil

3/4 oz. Yellow Chartreuse

3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

3/4 oz. maraschino liqueur

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

 

Beau Jardin

A beautiful garden in this gathering of spirits.  

 

1 1/2 oz. Square One Basil

1/2 oz. Ferrand Ambre Cognac

1/2 oz. Benedictine liqueur

1/2 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

1/2 fresh lemon juice

 

(Credit: H. Joseph Ehrmann, Mixologist and Square One Brand Ambassador)

Combine all in a mixing tin with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

 

Ginger Garden

A focus on the Thai basil found in Square One Basil brings delicious Asian cuisine-inspired cocktails to mind.  

 

1 1/2 oz. Square One Basil

3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

1/2 barspoon of chopped fresh ginger

 

(Credit: H. Joseph Ehrmann, Mixologist and Square One Brand Ambassador)

Combine all in a mixing tin with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with Thai Basil leaf.

 

Blackberry Swizzle

Fresh Blackberries are a welcome partner with Square One Basil and add a splash of ginger beer.

1.5 oz. Square One Basil

4 fresh blackberries

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 agave nectar or simple syrup

ginger beer (rec: Bundaberg)

blackberry and basil leaf as garnish

 

(Credit: H. Joseph Ehrmann, Mixologist and Square One Brand Ambassador)

Muddle blackberries in a mixing cup.  Add remaining ingredients (except ginger beer) and shake with ice.  Double strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.  Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with skewered blackberry and basil leaf.  

 

 

St. Helena Picnic

Our Square One Basil adds a savory note to this classic pairing of fresh strawberries and American bubbly.  

 

1 1/2 oz. Square One Basil

2 - 3 strawberries

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

1/2 oz. sparkling wine or champagne

(Credit: Allison Evanow)

 

Muddle strawberries in a mixing cup.  Add remaining ingredients (except sparkling wine) and shake well with ice. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and gently pour sparkling wine to float on top.

 

 

Florida Tan

Wherever you live, pick up a Florida Tan with Square One Basil, fresh pink grapefruit juice and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

1.5 oz Square One Basil

1.5 oz. fresh pink grapefruit juice

.5 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

4 medium-size mint leaves

1 mint sprig and a grapefruit twist for garnish

 

Combine all ingredients into a mixing cup filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with grapefruit twist and mint sprig.

 

 

Sue's Mojito

A down under spin to the classic Mojito.

2 oz. Square One Basil

1/2 kiwi peeled and quartered

5 mint leaves

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

club soda

sprig of mint as garnish

 

Muddle kiwi and mint in a mixing cup.  Add remaining ingredients (except soda) and shake biefly with ice.  Pour into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice and top with club soda.  Garnish with a sprig of mint.  

 

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