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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Orange-and-Basil Aperitif

Serve this cocktail with salted toasted almonds or a rich, garlicky cured sausage such as saucisson sec.

  • prep: 5 mins
    total time: 20 mins
  • servings: 6
Photography: Johnny Miller

Ingredients

  • 15 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 navel orange, thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 18 ounces Dubonnet Rouge or other sweet fortified red wine, chilled
  • Ice
  • 12 ounces seltzer, chilled

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Gently muddle basil and orange with a wooden spoon or muddler until basil is barely bruised but fragrant. Stir in wine, and let sit at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.

  2. Step 2

    Divide among 6 ice-filled glasses. Top each with 2 ounces seltzer, and serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2012