Strawberry Balsamic Basil Spritzer

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A few months ago Adrianna and I attended a picnic hosted by fellow LA food blogger Joy the Baker. There were a hay bales on a rooftop. There were cupcakes. There were other fun food bloggers. There was Joy in an adorable pink dress. Overall, it was a good time.

So, when Adrianna and I heard that Joy was now part of On The Lamb, and would be popping up all over LA with more fun events, we got a little excited. When we heard the three lovely ladies would be at the fabulous Surfas, cooking up some strawberry recipes, we were salivating. Strawberries? Surfas? Free Samples? Where do we sign up?

I wish I had some photos of the demo to show you, but to be honest, we were a little too engrossed in what they were cooking to think of anything else, including taking photos. That, and we were a bit distracted by the woman next to us who thought it appropriate to talk on her cell phone during the demo. To the woman next to us – you were very nice, but please don’t distract me from the culinary goodness going on next time, okay? It might get ugly.

Despite unavoidable distractions, we still took a lot away from this demo. First off, I learned how to properly remove the top of a strawberry. See, you use a paring knife to simply cut out the white part, leaving all of the juicy red berry behind. I know, right? Simple things just seem like magic to me.

I learned how to make basil syrup. If you never try this drink, you should still make this syrup. It rocks my socks like no other. I put this stuff in my strawberry cocktails, my green iced tea, and in this really cute jar. All of these events brought me immense joy.

And of course, I learned how to make this drink. It’s refreshing, fruity and just barely sweet. Since the event was family friendly the version that we sampled was made with sparkling water, but I swapped that out for Prosecco and oh my lord, is this stuff good. Truly, I have no words. Except, thank you. Thanks On The Lamb, I’m definitely a big fan.

Strawberry Balsamic Basil Cocktail

Adapted from recipe by Whitney Adams of On The Lamb

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This recipe is very easy to customize based on your taste. If you prefer a stronger flavor of strawberry, basil or balsamic vinegar, feel free to play around with the amounts that you use. Also, the original recipe used Agave syrup, and I substituted sugar, so feel free to go either way. I promise, it will still taste good.

1 – 1 ½ cups chopped strawberries
1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
750 ml Prosecco sparkling wine or 3 cups sparkling water

Basil Syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
4-5 basil stems
½ cup minced basil

To make the syrup, combine the sugar, water and basil stems in a small saucepan. Stirring frequently, bring the mixture to a simmer for about a minute, and then remove from heat. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then remove stems and add minced basil. Place in a jar or other airtight container and allow to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours (overnight is best).

In a food processor combine the strawberries and balsamic vinegar and blend into a puree. In pitcher, combine chilled basil syrup and balsamic puree. Add in Prosecco and stir well before pouring into glasses. Serve over ice (preferably crushed).

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brooke April 16, 2010 at 8:39 am

that looks so delicious..and i have lots of strawberries i need to use up. now i know just the way to use them!

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Mary April 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Oh my! This looks delicious and is perfect for this time of year! Thanks for this great recipe!

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Chococo April 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Thank you for stopping by my blog! By the way your cocktail inspired my boyfriend to make a violet-lemon cocktail. Will try the strawberry-basil one soon :)

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Stephanie April 16, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Wow what a fantastic idea! I will be trying that this summer. Sounds so refreshing.

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Caroline April 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Chococo – you should definitely post your recipe for the violet-lemon cocktail! that sounds amazing!

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Kaitlin April 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

This sounds so yummy! I’m jealous that you got to go to the class :)

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Kirstin April 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I’m always looking for new ways to combine strawberry and balsamic into other dishes because I love them so much, thanks for sharing this recipe!

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Michelle April 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Thank you for stopping by my blog! By the way your cocktail inspired my boyfriend to make a violet-lemon cocktail. Will try the strawberry-basil one soon :)

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Spice Sherpa July 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

This looks brilliant and amazing. Love the idea of a syrup! Interestingly, I just found a post from someone who made a lemon strawberry basil cupcake. I just wrote a post that listed some must-visit basil stops and absolutely had to include yours.

You can see it at spicesherpa.com on the blog if you’re interested.

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Marjorie Dennison June 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Sounds very great and not all false chemical for taste. Will definitely make

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