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The Grape Basil Martini, Shaken, Not Stirred

    Grape Basil Martini

    Try a new martini recipe to delight your friends, or for a martini taste testing party. Here is the Grape Basil Martini recipe.

    Grape Basil Martini

    Wonderful cocktail for a summer evening, light and sweet. Recipe for 1 serving.

    Grape Basil Martini

    Light, refreshing flavors are perfect for summer. As temperatures heat up, take your summer entertaining to the next level with a secret ingredient – grapes.

    Plan the perfect summer party with these easy entertaining tips:

    • Create cozy seating arrangements complete with cushions and ample shade so guests can laugh and chat in comfort until the sun sets and beyond.
    • Be sure to create pops of color with your tableware and food. Available in three vibrant hues – red, green and black – grapes make a beautiful centerpiece and colorful addition to any menu offering.
    • When you need something quick & simple, grapes are as easy as it gets. Ripe and ready when you bring them home, give them a rinse, place them in a pretty bowl and you’ve got an edible centerpiece in seconds.
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    Grape Basil Martini

    This Grape Basil Martini uses gin, and has a light sweet flavor – great for summer evenings under the stars.

    Grape Basil Martini

    Course: BeverageCuisine: British


    Prep time




    • 3 basil leaves, torn, plus additional for garnish

    • 5 green California grapes, halved, plus additional for garnish

    • 2 ounces gin

    • 1/4 ounce Essencia

    • 1 ounce lemon juice

    • 1 ounce simple syrup

    • ice


    • In cocktail shaker, muddle basil and grapes with gin.
    • Add Essencia, lemon juice and simple syrup, and shake gently.
    • Strain into rocks glass filled with ice.
    • Garnish with basil leaf and float two grapes on top. Serve.

    Recipe and photos courtesy of California Table Grape Commission. Find more refreshing recipes for summer entertaining at

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