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Strawberry Buck

Whiskey River, Peekskill


3 fresh strawberries 
1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar or granulated sugar substitute
5 Thai basil leaves (or 3 regular basil leaves)
2 oz Ketel One Vodka
3/4 oz Lime Cordial (see below)
club soda

Lime Cordial
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise pods
5 cardamom pods 


In a shaker or heavy bottomed glass muddle strawberries first with sugar, and then add basil and muddle.

Add vodka and lime cordial. Shake well over ice, 10 to 15 seconds. 

Fill a tall, slender glass or a wine glass with fresh ice. strain drink over ice; and top with club soda. Garnish with strawberry slices and basil leaves.


Lime Cordial

Toast spices in a small sauce pot.

Add lime juice and sugar to the pot and simmer. 

Remove from heat, allow to cool, and strain into a non-reactive container. Use within 3 weeks.


Photo by Dave Zucker

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