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Hot Basil Cocktail

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photoIf it’s hot outside, Moreton Neal suggests this cool cocktail that pairs nicely with the shrimp, perfect for sipping on a steamy summer evening on the patio.

Hot Basil Cocktail

1 1/2 oz. vodka

1 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

1 tsp. sugar

2 thin slices fresh jalapeno pepper

2 leaves fresh basil.

Muddle the jalapeno slices and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add the remaining ingredients, lots of ice, and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. If this is not sweet enough, or too sweet for your taste, adjust the amount of sugar.

Makes one drink.  CHM

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Moreton Neal is an author and interior designer who lives in Chapel Hill. She is a lifelong foodie, having co-founded LA Residence in 1976.