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Fruit and Herb Carafe

Make sure to choose the freshest, ripest fruit available for this drink, as the strong flavors will pair well with the basil. From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

  • Servings: 6
Fruit and Herb Carafe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2007


  • 4 cups fresh fruit, such as sliced peaches or strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 sprigs fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 1 bottle Italian sparkling wine, such as prosecco or Lambrusco, chilled


  1. Place the fruit, sugar, and basil in a large pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, crush the mixture until it forms a rough mash. Stir in the vodka. Just before serving, pour the prosecco over the mixture and serve immediately over ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.

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