Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sweet Bell Sip for a Blog-Birthday

When Erica of The Crumby Cupcake put out a call for help celebrating her blog's birthday, I thought: it's not a celebration without a libation, right? So, without further ado, here's my offering. Happy blog-birthday, Erica!

Click to see her celebratory line-up: here.

Sweet Bell Sip for a Blog-Birthday

I just got a delivery of finger limes from Good Land Organics and I love the combination of the sweet bells with the tart citrus. Enjoy! Cin cin...

Ingredients makes 1 cocktail

  • 5 to 6 thin slices organic mini red bell pepper
  • 6 organic basil leaves
  • 2 – 2.5 oz. gin (I like Hendrick's), ice cold
  • 2 – 2.5 oz. freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (substitute for any lemon juice, but I have a Meyer lemon tree that's going crazy right now)
  • pulp from 1 finger lime (substitute regular lime if you need to)
  • 1 t organic dark brown sugar
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 vanilla bean and 1 mini red bell pepper for garnishing
Muddle together the sliced peppers, basil leaves, pulp from finger lime, sugar, and lemon juice. Let it sit for a minute or two. Add the cold gin and vanilla extract.

Pour into a glass. Top off with freshly squeezed orange juice. Garnish with a mini bell, skewered with a vanilla bean. Cheers!

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