Summer Enchanted 'Rita with Peach and Basil

comments (6) July 29th, 2011

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cookinwithherbs susan belsinger, contributor
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Summer Enchanted Rita with Peach and Lemon Basil. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.
Quick! Cut and use that basil before it blooms further!
Bountiful lemon basil harvest--cut stems above bottom two sets of leaves and the plant will produce even more leaves.
Ready to rock--gathered ingredients for herbal libations!
Dead-ripe peaches and lemon basil elevate this cocktail to ethereal.
Cheers!
Summer Enchanted Rita with Peach and Lemon Basil. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.Click To Enlarge

Summer Enchanted Rita with Peach and Lemon Basil. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

Ingredients:
Makes 1 margarita; easily doubled (can only shake 1 at a time), or 4 times the recipe to make a pitcherful

Handful lemon basil or sweet green basil leaves
1/2 dead-ripe peach, white or yellow, peeled and cut into chunks
2 shots limeade (see the recipe link below)
1-1/2 shots good-quality tequila
3/4 shot elderflower liqueur
Lime wedge
Salt and/or sugar
Crushed ice
Basil sprig

Here’s a summer produce-influenced take on the classic margarita. The peach and basil are delightful together; I use either Genoa Green basil or lately, I am using my favorite lemon basil, ‘Mrs. Burns’ though ‘Sweet Dani’ is also choice. My pick for top-shelf tequila is Patron, I also like Herradura, Camarena or Tessadoro. I use St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur in place of the Triple Sec for an ethereal, flowery, herbal flavor.

Some like salt on their rim, others like sugar with a fruity cocktail—I like to combine them in equal amounts for a salty-sweet surprise.

Take the lime wedge and run it around the rim of a margarita glass, and dip the rim of the glass in salt and/or sugar.

Muddle the lemon basil leaves with the peach chunks in the bottom of the cocktail shaker until it is smashed well. Add the limeade, tequila, and elderflower liqueur. Squeeze the lime wedge into the cocktail shaker and add about a generous cup of crushed ice. Shake for 20 shakes and pour the margarita into the prepared glass, garnished with a basil sprig.


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