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Black Elderflower & Basil Smash

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A snow storm on Halloween? Really? With fall's appearance about as quick as LiLo's first jail stint, Winter sure did cometh, and it cometh quicker than we can handle. So now that our puffy coats are coming out of hiding to help keep our insides all nice and warm, it's time to down some drinks that do the same. This lip puckering cocktail - made with our favorite black elderberry syrup by Darbo ($12), Argumi's Lemon Italian Soda ($4), vodka, and some freshly julienned basil - will make you one happy (and warm!) camper.

Black Elderflower & Basil Smash

How to make a black elderflower and basil smash using syrup and vodka

Ingredients

1.5 oz vodka
3 oz Argumi Lemon Italian Soda
1 splash of  Darbo's Black Elderflower syrup
1 medium sized basil leaf, julliened

Directions

Combine all ingredients, reserving a few strands of basil, over ice, shake vigorously. Top with remaining basil.

 

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The North 63rd

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With all the heavy foods that are so often eaten during this time of year, it's nice to switch it up and sip on something that's super bright and refreshing; something that won't weigh you down, but instead lifts you up. That's why we love this refreshing cocktail that uses fruity pear and eldlerflower presse, florally gin, and earthy thyme. It's a cocktail that you can sip on year round, although we like it best during the chilly nights of winter.

The North 63rd

Pear and elderflower press, gin, and thyme cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Pear and Elderflower Presse by Belvoir Fruit Farms
  • 1 shot of gin
  • 2 sprig of thyme

Instructions

1. Combine gin, leaves from one sprig of thyme, and soda in a shaker with a few pieces of ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds, and strain into a glass. Finish with one large ice cube and garnish with a sprig of thyme.