Today marks one full week of vacation for me and man, does it feel good. For the first time in my adult life I have given myself a small break in between jobs. I am the crazy person who decides to move three states away by ending a job on a Thursday, packing up and driving south on Friday, unpacking into a new house over the weekend, and then starting a new job on Tuesday. Who does that?!
No, this time I swore it would be different. And it is lovely. Now, if you know me, I don’t actually know how to “do nothing” for five days straight – so I forced myself into relaxation by scheduling a hair appointment, my very first spa massage, and a nail appointment. I have come out on the other side as a brand new person! Just in time for a weekend wedding in Florida and more relaxation in the sun.
All of this vacation talk leads me right into this next cocktail – The Fizzy Flower. I really leaned into my spa visit and took a note from the herb-infused water I chugged all day long. This cocktail is gin, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, club soda, and lots of fresh basil.
This cocktail comes together incredibly fast by muddling the basil leaves until they are slightly bruised, and then pouring in your gin, elderflower liqueur, and lime juice. Be sure to wait to add your club soda until the very end or your shake will result in fizzy juice all over the place! Serve immediately, or you can wait to add the club soda until you are ready.
Now light some candles, put on that playlist of crashing waves, and take a vacation with The Fizzy Flower.
The Fizzy Flower
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 3 ounces gin
- 2 ounces elderflower liqueur
- 2 ounces lime juice
- 4-6 basil leaves (+ 2 for garnish)
- 1 can/small bottle of club soda
- Lime wheel
- Cubed ice
Add 4-6 whole basil leaves into shaker and muddle with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Muddle until the leaves are slightly bruised to release the flavor of the basil. Add gin, elderflower liqueur, and lime juice to the shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds or until the shaker is very cold to the touch. Add ice to two glasses and strain mixture into each. Pour club soda on top and garnish with a lime wheel and fresh basil leaf!