A Paleo martini? Really Becky?
Yep! Occasionally I like to kick back with a mixed drink and Conniption Gin from our local Durham Distillery is really wonderful. Their “gateway” gin–so named because it’s not overbearing with juniper flavor–is lightly flavored with honeysuckle and came out perfectly with this delightful green martini.
We’ve been at the beach on Bald Head Island this week and we picked up basil and lemon for something fresh and refreshing (plus I’ve been on a basil and lemon kick). This really hit the spot. The basil is cool with a light spice while the lemon brightens and sweetens, and with just a touch of stevia to pull it together this paleo martini is simple with the ingredients shining through, each holding their own. It’s quite strong so definitely a drink to sip on with a few ice cubes while watching the sunset over the ocean.
So while we are out trying to teach Lily to swim (so far so good!) I’ll leave with this and hope that you enjoy a beautiful summers day relaxing with a clean, classic drink on the balcony.
Also, an interesting note about stevia. As you may know, it can have a bitter aftertaste some people are more sensitive to than others. I am not the least bit sensitive and Adam is only moderately sensitive. My mom, however, is extremely sensitive. She cannot stand the taste. In this paleo martini she can’t even tell there is stevia in it. I suspect that stevia balances well with other herbal flavors which helps to mask the bitter taste. So if you, too, are sensitive I would encourage you to try this and please let me know what your experience is!
2 oz gin (mine has a balance of juniper and honeysuckle)
3 large basil leaves
Juice from 1/2 a medium sized lemon
1/4 teaspoon of stevia extract
Lots of ice
Add basil to a tumbler (alternately, use a sealed travel mug) and muddle. If you don’t have a muddler, use a pestle or any blunt handle, preferably the end is rounded. You need to crush the basil leaves to release the juice. Once the basil is well crushed, add the remaining ingredients and shake well. There should be enough liquid to fill a martini glass 3/4 full.
Strain and serve over ice with a lemon wedge garnish.