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"This one is a crowd pleaser," Rach says about her husband John's refreshing summer cocktail. "It's beautiful!"

John crafted this recipe to be enjoyed on pizza night! Check out Rach's recipe for easy Same-Day Pizza Dough, or try a little something special with her Naples-Style 3-Day Pizza Dough. And for topping ideas made for every kind of pizza lover, here's Rach's Pizza Party Menu. For the ultimate twist on it all using the same ingredients, try Rach's Sausage Calzone.


  • Ice
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • About 3 ounces vodka or gin
  • Elderflower liqueur, such as St-Germain
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice


Serves: 2


Fill 2 glasses with ice to chill. 

In a cocktail shaker, muddle a handful of basil leaves using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Add vodka or gin, a splash of elderflower liqueur, the lemon juice, and ice. Dump out the ice from the chilled glasses. Cover the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously, then strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish with basil leaves.

Always drink responsibly.