Georgia on My Mind Cocktail
About Basil 'Dolce Fresca'
The 'Dolce Fresca' basil variety is the 2015 winner of an All-American Selections (AAS) award. It produces an abundance of sweet tender leaves like the traditional Genovese basil used for pesto and Caprese. But when other basils get tall and leggy, 'Dolce Fresca' resists stretching and remains mounded for a tidy-looking plant. The compact plant grows 10-14 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide. This herb should be planted in full sun and in well-draining soil, like Pike Vegetable & Flower Soil. Basil can wilt easily, so water this plant regularly to keep it happy. Fertilize monthly with Dr. Earth Homegrown organic fertilizer for tomatoes, vegetables, and herbs.
- Tear 5 of the basil leaves and gently muddle them. You can muddle them in your cocktail shaker with a muddler tool, or use a mortar and pestle and then transfer the basil to the shaker.
- Add ice to the shaker, bourbon, ginger ale, and peach nectar (try Jumex or Goya brands found in the international section of your grocery store).
- Shake to chill and blend the flavors.
- Add ice to an old fashioned glass. Strain the drink to the glass. Gently pinch the last basil leaf to release its aroma and garnish.
- Enjoy, y'all!
- 6 Basil 'Dolce Fresca' leaves
- 3 ounces of bourbon (2 shots)
- 1.5 ounces of ginger ale (1 shot)
- 1.5 ounces of peach nectar (1 shot)
Other Tools Needed
- Cocktail shaker
- Shot glass
- Muddler or mortar and pestle
- Old fashioned glass