Strawberry & Basil Peaches

Today’s inspiration comes from Jennifer’s (Savoring the Thyme) Grilled Peaches with Velvety Strawberry Basil Sauce, but I’ve not found a basil liqueur at the liquor store which meant making a simple syrup infused with fresh basil.

And by basil, I mean giant Dumbo-size leaves that smell and taste like basil. It’s labeled as basil. I’m just shocked by the size and flavor! So, so good.

Anyway, after making a quick basil simple syrup, I made this cocktail which is fruity and sweet and tasty, and I really think that the basil made all the difference.

Strawberry & Basil Peaches with Homemade Basil Simple Syrup @ makefor365.com
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Strawberry & Basil Peaches with Homemade Basil Simple Syrup @ makefor365.com
This work is copyrighted – do NOT publish/repost/use it without my permission.

Recipe for Basil Simple Syrup (roughly 12 oz):

Add 3 tbsp julienne cut basil leaves to 1 cup filtered water.

Bring to a boil in the microwave and let steep for 10 minutes.

Strain into glass container and mix ½ cup sugar (or sugar substitute). If the sugar doesn’t dissolve, reheat.

Store in the refrigerator.

While I’ve not dyed the syrup, I’d recommend adding some green food dye and maybe a drop of blue for the effect. And being able to easily identify one syrup from another. Just saying.

Recipe for Strawberry and Basil Grilled Peaches Cocktail:

In a Collins glass packed with crushed ice, pour ½ oz strawberry liqueur, ½ oz peach schnapps, ½ oz basil simple syrup, and ½ oz white rum.

Top with sparkling water.

Garnish with fresh basil and serve with a straw.


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2 thoughts on “Strawberry & Basil Peaches

    • One thing I didn’t really consider in my ratios is varieties of basil and picking times, so you might want to start with half the water. If the flavor is too strong, you can simply add more. Just in case. Bah. 😛

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