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Playing How To Make a Lemon Basil Vodka Spritzer by John Cusimano

For the Easter-Passover season, John makes a spring-y cocktail with ingredients he and Rach have at home. 

John's Tip: Use gin instead of vodka, if you'd like.


  • 3 to 5 basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • About 3 ounces vodka
  • About 1 ounce simple syrup, or to taste
  • About 1 ½ ounces lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Club soda


Serves: 2


In a cocktail shaker, muddle basil leaves, then add vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice. Add ice, cover and shake vigorously. Strain into 2 ice-filled glasses and top with club soda. Garnish with basil leaves. 

Always drink responsibly.