How to Make It
To make the cocktail, add the vodka, syrup, lemon juice and sea salt to a double rocks glass and stir. Add a handful of ice, then top it off with club soda. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and enjoy. If you find it too tart, just add more syrup.
Why We Like ItIn the summertime, few things are better than sitting on a shaded porch sipping a cold lemonade. One thing that makes it nicer, though, is booze. Instead of popping the cap on a commercial hard lemonade, try this herb-infused sparkling lemonade featuring a made-from-scratch basil-mint syrup. When mixed with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, Grey Goose vodka and club soda, it’s becomes the best hard lemonade you’ll ever have.
To make the syrup, combine one cup water and one cup sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. When it begins to boil, slowly 1 cup of loosely-packed fresh mint leaves and 1 cup of loosely-packed fresh basil leaves (they’ll quickly reduce). Let everything come to a full boil, then reduce the heat to low. Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, then remove it from the heat and carefully strain the leaves from the syrup. Let the syrup cool to at least room temperature (though preferably in the fridge overnight). Since it’s equal parts everything, you can easily double or triple this recipe to make more of the syrup and keep it in a bottle or jar in the fridge for cocktails all summer.