Basil Spritz | Cocktail Party

Basil Spritz

Basil Spritz by Erik Hakkinen, with gin, pear liqueur, lemon juice, fresh basil, sparkling water, and sparkling white wine

This Basil Spritz from Erik Hakkinen at Washington’s Bar Hitchcock is the perfect sipper for those heady late-summer days, when you can feel just a hint of autumn’s approach in the air.

Basil and pear are an unusual combination – but they oughtn’t be, when they can be paired so beautifully! Crisp dry gin and bright lemon juice form the bridge between summer and fall, and a split topper of sparkling water and dry sparkling white wine keeps the whole thing light, effervescent, and totally day-drinkable.



Shake everything (except the sparkling water and wine) with ice. Strain into a tall ice-filled glass, goblet, or wine glass and top with the sparkling water and sparkling wine. Garnish with a basil leaf, slapped between your palms before being tucked into the edge of the glass.

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