Muddled Martinis the Right Drink for Our Times

Riots, plunging world markets, broken budget deals, useless political systems are enough to send anyone to the booze. Hey! We're not judging. We're just thinking that when you reach for a long, tall, stiff one -- it should taste good. We've been experimenting and found the perfect solution for the times: a muddled and shaken cocktail.

So as the summer heats up with events well beyond your control, constructively channel your frustration by shaking up these little babies. One bit of advice: make a large pitcher of these or you'll spend the entire evening in the kitchen making refills for your guests

The B*tches Muddled Basil Martini

  • 2 1/2  jiggers of  vodka or gin
  • 1  jigger simple syrup
  • 1  jigger fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4 fresh sweet basil leaves
  • 1 fresh spearmint leaf (or to taste)

Muddle the basil, simple syrup and lime juice together. Add gin or vodka. Combine in a cocktail shaker with loads of ice. Shake until there are shards of ice and the mix turns frothy. Strain.

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