Herbal Summer Cocktails: Basil Bloody Mary

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Illustration by Avram Dumitrescu
Fresh basil gives great fragrance and flavor to a Bloody Mary.

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<em>Makes 2 tall drinks</em>
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Fresh basil gives great fragrance and flavor to a Bloody Mary. For a tasty nonalcoholic drink, leave out the vodka.</p>
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<li>Small handful basil leaves</li>
<li>1½ cups V-8 or tomato juice</li>
<li>3 ounces vodka</li>
<li>About 2 teaspoons lime juice</li>
<li>Few dashes Angostura bitters</li>
<li>Few dashes Tabasco, optional</li>
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<a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/herbal-ice-cubes.aspx”>Basil ice cubes</a>
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<li>2 stalks celery, washed and trimmed</li>
<li>Freshly ground black pepper</li>
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<li>Muddle basil leaves in a pitcher. Add V-8 or tomato juice, vodka, lime juice, bitters and Tabasco, if desired, and stir well.</li>
<li>Make ahead and refrigerate until chilled, or pour into tall chilled glasses filled halfway with basil ice cubes (or regular).</li>
<li>Garnish each glass with a sprig of basil and a celery stalk for stirring or crunching, and a grinding of black pepper, if desired.</li>
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<em>Susan Belsinger is a frequent contributor who loves to sip herbal cocktails in her Maryland h</em>
<em>ome.</em>
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<p>Click here for the original article, <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/good-vibrations-with-herbal-libations.aspx”>Herbal Summer Cocktails.</a>
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