A long holiday weekend that also happens to be the last weekend of Summer calls for desperate measures! I'm talking about a potent cocktail that's both refreshing and delicious — these Sonoma Coolers will do the job perfectly. This pitcher drink is an interesting mixture of muddled basil and grapes, fresh lemon, grapefruit juice, and vodka. When serving, the whole thing is topped off with a little sparkling wine. The fizz is a really nice touch, as it balances out the tartness of the citrus juice. This concoction packs a boozy punch, so make sure to enjoy it with some snacks. The recipe is easy to batch: when I made it, I increased each of the ingredients to serve 10 people. Here's the recipe.
8 Sonoma-variety grapes, plus more for garnishing
4 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnishing
3 ounces vodka
2 ounces grapefruit juice
2 ounces Meyer lemon juice
2 ounces simple syrup
California sparkling wine, as needed
- In a cockatil shaker, muddle the grapes and fresh basil.
- Then add the vodka, citrus juices, simple syrup, ice to fill and shake. Serve in 2 big wine glasess over fresh ice cubes.
- Top off with California sparkling wine and garnish with 3 grapes on a skewer and a fresh basil leaf.
Makes 2 drinks.