Basil Squeeze

This recipe for a Basil Squeeze made with Covington Sweet Potato Vodka and St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur was created by Anna Honeycutt, the Bull Durham Bar manager, at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, N.C., but I also asked her to provide me with the just-as-refreshing nonalcoholic version. I’ve prepared the nonalcoholic version many times this summer for my husband Tim, friends, family and myself. It’s the perfect summer drink to beat the August heat. 

Basil Squeeze

Basil Squeeze (with alcohol)

1 ½ oz. Covington Sweet Potato Vodka

¾ oz. St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

3 basil leaves

Lemon wedge

1 oz. lemon juice

2 oz. club soda or San Pellegrino

Muddle lemon wedge and two basil leaves in a Collins glass with vodka and St. Germain. Add lemon juice, fill with ice and shake. Top with more ice (if necessary, based on glass size) and club soda or San Pellegrino. Garnish with a basil leaf, lemon wedge and straw. Enjoy.

Basil Squeeze (nonalcoholic)

3 basil leaves

Lemon wedge

3 oz. lemon juice

1.5 oz. agave (or simple syrup)

2 oz. club soda or San Pellegrino

Muddle lemon wedge and two basil leaves in a Collins glass. Add lemon juice and agave then fill with ice and shake. Top with more ice (if necessary, based on glass size) and club soda or San Pellegrino. Garnish with a basil leaf, lemon wedge and straw. Enjoy.

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.