Best Vodka Cocktails

Poison Ivy is made with lime juice and absinthe, giving the cocktail a fresh yet powerful flavor

Vodka, absinthe and basil make for a lively blend in this herbaceous, refreshing cocktail.

Polite Provisions, San Diego, CA

Created by: Erick Castro, Proprietor and Bartender

Ingredients:
2 ounces vodka
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup (see directions below)
1/4 ounce absinthe
5 basil leaves, separated

Place the vodka, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, absinthe and four basil leaves in a shaker. Fill with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with one basil leaf.

Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Combine the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve. The liquid will be grainy, then cloudy, and is ready when it is completely clear.

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