Wine Soaked Strawberries with Basil

A Feteful Life: Wine & Basil Soaked StrawberriesStrawberry season is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier about that – they are by far my favorite fruit. I’ve been buying them in bulk lately so finding new ways to use up all of those berries before they go bad is my new mission in life. And, this recipe for wine soaked strawberries is the easiest way to make use of a few pints while making one elegant and delicious dish. I served mine over some amazing vanilla gelato but they would be equally good with some marscapone cheese or fresh whipped cream. However you choose to serve these berries, I promise they won’t disappoint!

A Feteful Life: Wine Soaked Strawberries with Basil

A Feteful Life: Wine Soaked Strawberries with BasilWine Soaked Strawberries with Basil (by A Feteful Life)

Ingredients

1.5 cups of red wine (I used a Cabernet but a fruity Zinfandel or Merlot would be great as well)
1/4 cup sugar
1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 tablespoon lemon juice
zest from one lemon
5 large basil leaves

Directions

In a large bowl¬†add the sugar and one large basil leaf. Slightly muddle to release some of the basil’s flavor. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and wine. Slowly whisk to combine. Add the strawberries to the wine mixture and let the them soak at room temperature for 30-60 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator for about an hour. Don’t let the strawberries soak for more than 2-3 hours or they will start to become too mushy. Before serving, garnish the berries with chiffonaded basil and some of the remaining lemon zest.

 

 

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Cocktail Hour: Strawberry Basil Gin + Tonic

A Feteful Life: Strawberry Basil Gin + Tonic

As soon as I saw this Strawberry Basil Gin + Tonic from A Cozy Kitchen, I knew I had to try it out for my next cocktail hour. It takes a bit of work, but it was totally worth it. And with strawberry season just rounding the corner, I expect a lot of these in my house in the near future (although I’m theoretically back on to a clean eating kick, so I might have to play around with substituting something for the sugar — thoughts?!).

Strawberry Basil Gin + Tonic (A Cozy Kitchen)

Ingredients

– 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
– Scant 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
– Pinch of sea salt
– 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
– 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– Handful of fresh basil
– 4-6 ounces of your favorite gin

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, add the strawberries, along with the sugar, pinch of salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Allow the strawberries to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. In a blender, add the strawberries and all their juices. Pulse until the mixture resembles a puree. Give it a taste and adjust the sugar accordingly. Run the mixture through a sieve, discarding the seeds and pulp. You should end up with a scant 1/2 cup.

2. To assemble the cocktail, divide the basil leaves between glasses. Muddle the basil leaves, being sure to press the stems, with a muddler. Fill all the glasses with ice cubes. Pour in 1 to 2 ounces of gin, 2 to 3 tablespoons of strawberry mixture and top with tonic. Give the mixture a good stir and garnish with basil flowers and a few turns of freshly ground pepper.

A Feteful Life: Strawberry Basil Gin + Tonic

 

A Feteful Life: Strawberry Basil Gin + Tonic