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The Grape Basil Martini, Shaken, Not Stirred

Try a new martini recipe to delight your friends, or for a martini taste testing party. Here is the Grape Basil Martini recipe.

Grape Basil Martini

Wonderful cocktail for a summer evening, light and sweet. Recipe for 1 serving.

Grape Basil Martini

Light, refreshing flavors are perfect for summer. As temperatures heat up, take your summer entertaining to the next level with a secret ingredient – grapes.

Plan the perfect summer party with these easy entertaining tips:

  • Create cozy seating arrangements complete with cushions and ample shade so guests can laugh and chat in comfort until the sun sets and beyond.
  • Be sure to create pops of color with your tableware and food. Available in three vibrant hues – red, green and black – grapes make a beautiful centerpiece and colorful addition to any menu offering.
  • When you need something quick & simple, grapes are as easy as it gets. Ripe and ready when you bring them home, give them a rinse, place them in a pretty bowl and you’ve got an edible centerpiece in seconds.
  • As day gives way to night, keep the festive mood strong by adding some ambient light. Whimsical paper lanterns or strings of white or blue fairy lights lend a playful touch to parties after dark.
Grape Basil Martini

This Grape Basil Martini uses gin, and has a light sweet flavor – great for summer evenings under the stars.

Grape Basil Martini

  • 3 basil leaves, torn, plus additional for garnish
  • 5 green California grapes, halved, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/4 ounce Essencia
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • ice
  1. In cocktail shaker, muddle basil and grapes with gin.
  2. Add Essencia, lemon juice and simple syrup, and shake gently.
  3. Strain into rocks glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with basil leaf and float two grapes on top. Serve.

Recipe and photos courtesy of California Table Grape Commission. Find more refreshing recipes for summer entertaining at


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