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Aromatic Cocktails

 

The aromatic qualities of herbs, spices and seasonal fruits contribute to a deliciously complex flavor sensation on the nose and palate.

 

 

Fresh Market Gimlet

Aromatic basil lends both flavor and aroma for a twist on a classic

4-5 leaves of basil, torn (also try Thai or Lemon Basil)

2 oz. Square One Organic Vodka

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1/2 oz. organic agave nectar

In a mixing cup muddle basil briefly with a muddling stick or back of a wooden spoon. Add crushed ice and other ingredients. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. No need for a garnish as little bits of basil will be floating in the cocktail.

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Strawberry Basil Spritzer

Created for the Slow Food Nation 2008 event in San Francisco, this end of summer refresher starts with muddled organic strawberries and basil from County Line Harvest farm in Marin.

 

2 oz. Square One Organic Vodka

3 strawberries

2 basil leaves

1/2 oz. lemon juice

1/2 oz. agave nectar

Club soda

(Credit: Allison Evanow)

Muddle strawberries and basil in a mixing glass.  Add other ingredients except club soda. Shake briefly with ice.  Strain into tall Collins glass filled with ice and layered with a few slices of strawberry and basil chiffonade.  Top with club soda.  Serve with a straw.

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Country Thyme

A cocktail that starts with a handful of fresh berries . . . yum!

Handful of fresh blueberries, huckleberries or blackberries (10-15)

1/2 fresh organic lemon cut in pieces

1 1/2 oz. of Square One Organic Vodka

1/4 to 1/2 oz. organic agave nectar

2 – 3 springs of fresh thyme

Ice

(Credit: H. Joseph Ehrmann)

In a mixing cup add berries and lemon. Muddle to juice both. Add Square One Organic Vodka, agave nectar and ice. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Take 3 sprigs of thyme and slap it between your palms to release the oils. Place 2 sprigs in bottom of 10-ounce highball glass and fill with ice. Strain the cocktail over ice and put the last thyme sprig and place it in top of cocktail as a garnish. It should stick out a bit like a small straw.

Note: For a refreshing summer spritzer, add 1 tablespoon of Crème de Cassis or D’Arbo Sour Cherry Syrup or Sonoma Black Currant Syrup and top with soda water.

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The EMAppletini

Created specially for the Environmental Media Awards (EMA) that Square One sponsored. The tangy scent of Granny Smith apples make this all-natural Appletini a true winner.

1.5 oz. cinnamon-infused Square One Organic Vodka (see infusion recipe below)

2 slices of organic Granny Smith apple

1 oz. organic apple juice

1/2 oz. organic agave nectar

(Credit:  H. Ehrmann)

Place one apple slice and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker and muddle with a muddling stick or back of a wooden spoon. Top with ice, cinnamon-infused Square One Organic Vodka, and apple juice and shake for 15 seconds. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass with a floating thin slice of green apple for garnish.

Cinnamon-infused Square One Organic Vodka

Place one small stick (about 2-3 inches) of organic cinnamon in a 750mL of Square One Vodka and let sit for 48 hours, turning the bottle to mix after the first 24 hours. (Careful -- don't exceed cinnamon quantity recommended here. Using too much cinnamon will create an overpowering cinnamon flavor that will hide the crisp apple flavors in the cocktail.)

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Rosemary Meyer Lemon Drop

An herbal delight brightened by the sweetness of Meyer lemons

 

2 oz. Square One Organic Vodka

1 oz. Meyer lemon juice (may substitute regular lemon juice)

1 tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves

1 tbsp. organic honey

 

Place rosemary leaves and honey in a mixing glass. Heat in a microwave for 5-10 seconds to melt honey. Muddle in glass for 10 seconds. Add crushed ice and other ingredients. Cover with metal mixing tin and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

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