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grapefruit basil martini

Striving for Tommy B’s perfection…Christi and I visit the California desert together every year for the big tennis tournament held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. We are fortunate to be the guests of a dear friend who offers us her beautiful guest casita in Indian Wells. We never say NO (who would?) and we seem to follow the same patterns every year. A visit to Tommy Bahamas is always in order. We love the vibe. We love the food. We love the Pink Grapefruit Basil Martini. We spend every year trying to emulate that drink. Maybe its the ether of the desert or a few days of complete freedom from routine and responsibility but that drink is one of the best cocktails ever.

The original at Tommy Bahamas

The ORIGINAL at Tommy Bahamas, Palm Desert

After much experimentation, our version follows:

This recipe makes a single serving

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons Agave nectar (Trader Joe’s carries our favorite organic raw blue agave)
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves
Our version served poolside, of course

Our version served poolside, of course

Muddle a few of the fresh basil leaves with the Agave nectar in the bottom of a martini shaker. Add the other ingredients plus a small scoop of crushed ice. Shake until very cold and pour into a martini glass. Float a basil leaf on top of the drink.

Serve and enjoy

Serve and enjoy



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