Spring Awakenings Cocktail

Basil is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, and it contains a unique mix of flavonoids that are amazing for your skin. This cocktail tastes like the first day of spring in all its glory.

| December 2017

  • Mixed with greens and a little extra kick, this cocktail will leave your taste buds smiling.
    Photo by The Countryman Press
  • Clean Cocktails by Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli.
    Photo by The Countryman Press

Clean Cocktails (The Countryman Press) is the solution to watching your weight while staying off the wagon. Beth and Tara have cracked the code to having it all: fitness and fun. Replacing refined sugars with fresh ingredients, Nydick and Roscioli pour their vibrant personalities into every glass.

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  • rocks glass


  • 1 small bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 3 ounces of vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Basil Syrup
  • Freshly grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Ice
  • Seltzer water
  • Garnish: Basil leaves and lemon twist


  1. Muddle most of the basil leaves with the vodka, Basil Syrup, and lemon zest in a cocktail shaker. Add the ice and shake for 10 seconds.
  2. Strain the contents of the shaker into an ice-filled rocks glass and top off with seltzer. Garnish with the remaining basil leaves and a lemon twist and serve.

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Excerpted from Clean Cocktails, © by Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli by The Countryman Press, used with permission from The Countryman Press.

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