Photo by Michael Piazza / Styled by Emmet Kelty
FOCUS: NETTLES, BASIL
2 ounces nettle-infused vodka*
½ ounce basil simple syrup**
½ ounce lemon juice
Combine in mixing glass, add ice, shake lightly and pour over 1 large square cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with lime zest.
4 cups Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ice Glen Vodka
Put vodka into a large (32 ounce) Mason jar and, wearing clean kitchen gloves or using tongs, fill at least halfway with nettles. Steep for 72 hours at room temperature. Strain.
**Basil Simple Syrup:
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
1 cup packed basil leaves
Heat water and sugar over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Add basil leaves and turn off heat. Let cool completely and strain.
This recipe appeared in the Spring 2017 issue as part of a larger story on Spring Cocktails.