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.
PAIGE MCKISSOCK is part-owner of Hive along with her husband, Graham McKissock, and their friends Lance and Alexis Davis. Hive is a mobile bar service that operates out of two Airstream trailers that Graham and Lance renovated into full bars. www.hive-events.com