Dec 22, 2009

The Gramercy Tavern's Basil Martini

Besides the store-bought presents I'll be bestowing upon Gia this year for Christmas, I'll also be making her a batch of her favorite cocktails for Christmas Eve.

The Basil Martini using the recipe from The Gramercy Tavern in NYC. The recipe was printed in a book called Raising the Bar: Better Drinks, Better Entertaining a few years back, and I have to say that it sounds delicious. Even though I'm generally not a fan of vodka. But I'll make an exception for basil-infused Ketel One.

This is one of those "ya gotta plan it about three days before ya drink it" kinda recipes, dontcha know.



That 2-quart mason jar with a liter of vodka, a batch of fresh basil, some water and some dry vermouth is gonna sit in the fridge for the next few days and on Christmas Eve the resulting infused spirits should have a warm, greenish color.

A little Bloody Mary mix, some ice and a garnish of a sun dried tomato round out the delicious sounding cocktail.  I mean, the description sounds pretty tasting, doesn't it?

OK, now picture Gia and I in front of a roaring fire drinking those cocktails.

That's a Merry Christmas right there in a glass.  Green and red and Merry all over.

Ho ho ho!

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Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. So when I said to picture Gia and I in front of a roaring fire, did you picture us nekkid?  Bunch o' perverts!

17 comments:

savannah said...

sounds delish! merry christmas, sugarpies! xoxox

hello haha narf said...

vodka is my happy drink. ketel one is my favorite vodka. i love basil. and bloody mary mix.

what time should i arrive?

sybil law said...

I'm coming, too! Damn! Sounds awesome!!
Also, I DID picture the two of you naked. Ha!
:P

Callie said...

Actually, I don't think I'll be trying that one any time soon. Sounds more like it should go on top of spaghetti.

However, if you guys like it - that's all that matters! I'll probably be hitting the spiced rum and eggnog on Xmas eve. Or, maybe just the spiced rum. YUM!!!

B.E. Earl said...

Savannah - Merry Xmas to you as well!

Becky - 7PM sounds about right. Guess I'll need to make a bottle of bacon-infused Maker's Mark as well, eh? ;)

Sybil - It's not a pretty picture. Well, half of the equation I mean. ;)

Callie - Actually spiced rum is more my speed as well. But this is for my love, so...

hello haha narf said...

now you are seriously pushing your luck...if both the infused ketel and infused maker's are there, don't be surprised when i show up on your doorstep! then whadda ya gonna do?

white rabbit said...

The Verdant Drink?

wv: unslitio

B.E. Earl said...

Becky - Thank the baby Hay-zoos for another Christmas Miracle! :)

Wabbit - that's why they pay you the big bucks!

elizabeth said...

I'm finding myself wanting one too.Would be good with Clamato too me thinks... Merry ho ho!

justsomethoughts... said...

i was thinking absinthe
what with all the green...

B.E. Earl said...

American Woman - Whoa! Hold on right there. Clamato? You former Canadians really love your Caesars, dontcha? ;)

Duder - I've only had absinthe a handful of times and I'm not smitten yet. But I hope to get there. :)

Always Home and Uncool said...

Don't be putting no veggie in my martini. Ever. Even if it's only an herb.

Water Logged Canine said...

You must really love that girl...cos that is a gay-ass drink. Make sure you hold your pinky up when you drink it...ya 'mo!

B.E. Earl said...

Uncool - Isn't an olive a vegetable? Or is it a fruit? Hmmm...

Doggie - Awww shit! You KNOW you'd be drinkin' it down with us if you weren't travelling to Middle Earth. Huh, what?

Kate said...

You're awesome Bl.E.! Ho ho ho!

The Ambiguous Blob said...

Please send leftovers to my address.
Thanks and happy christmas :)

B.E. Earl said...

Kate - Ho ho howahya!

Tabbie - I'll have to pack it in dry ice to survive the cross-country trip!