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How To Make A Basil Berry Martini Cocktail

How To Make A Basil Berry Martini Cocktail

Basil Berry Martini Cocktail. Filmed at Zeta Bar, Park Lane Hilton. Head bartender Mauro Pisano shows us how to make a fruity basil berry martini Cocktail.

Step 1: You will need:

3 or 4 fresh basil leaves
3 strawberries
5ml or 1 teaspoon of strawberry syrup
50ml of Vodka
20ml or 4 teaspoons of strawberry liqueur
Ground black pepper
Cubed Ice
5ml or 1 teaspoon of cranberry juice

You'll also need the following utensils.

A bar spoon
A muddle
A cocktail Shaker - A Boston shaker is a metallic shaker with a mixing glass that also acts as a lid, but any cocktail shaker will do.
A fine strainer - which is like a tea strainer to 'double strain' the drink
and a frozen or chilled Martini glass
To measure out the ingredients use a standard single shot measure which is equivalent to 25ml, and a standard double shot measure which is equivalent to 50ml. If you don't have these, you could use a measuring jug or measuring spoons.

Step 2: Chill martini glass

Either put the martini glass in the freezer, or fill it with ice, add a little water, and leave it to one side to chill.

Step 3: Basil

Put three or four basil leaves into the mixing glass.

Step 4: Muddle

Muddling is a cocktail term for crushing fresh ingredients like fruit and herbs to release their flavour. Muddle the basil leaves until crushed.

Step 5: Strawberries

Add three strawberries and keep muddling until puréed.

Step 6: Vodka

Now add 50ml of Vodka

Step 7: Strawberry syrup

Next, 1 teaspoon of strawberry syrup

Step 8: Strawberry liqueur

Add 4 teaspoons of Strawberry Liqueur and stir.

Step 9: Black Pepper

a pinch of ground black pepper

Step 10: Cranberry Juice

and 1 teaspoon of cranberry juice

Step 11: Ice

Fill the mixing glass with ice.

Step 12: Shake

A Basil Berry Martini needs to be shaken hard so that it doesn't end up being too thick. Put the top half of the cocktail shaker on. Slap it down firmly to seal. Hold the top and bottom, stand at an angle and shake vigorously over your shoulder for about 20 seconds.

Step 13: Handy Hint

When there is condensation on the outside of the shaker, and it feels cold, that's when it's mixed.

Step 14: Release

Tap the side of the shaker to loosen the two halves. Release the top by rocking it back and forth.

Step 15: Double Strain

Use the cocktail strainer over the shaker and the fine strainer over the martini glass to double strain the cocktail. As you pour, tap the fine strainer to encourage the drink through.

Step 16: Garnish

Decorate with a large basil leaf