Basil Grande

0 Posted by - June 16, 2012 - Food & Drink

When the ingredient is in the name of the drink, you probably should make sure you have it. But I’m me. So my basil grande has no basil in it.

Basil Grande by Hostess with the Mostess

I do have an herb garden, though, and usually when a recipe involves herbs, I just substitute with whatever isn’t dead. It’s been a hot summer so far, so I didn’t have much to pick from.

Parsley and rosemary it is.

I also didn’t have fresh strawberries, but hey, that’s what your freezer is for— to store things you know you’ll never eat before they get squishy and moldy.

I really should probably buy a muddler, or at least look up the word “muddle,” because I’m not really sure what I’m doing besides squishing things with whatever implement I can find when I muddle. But I muddled.

And then I shook and strained.


That sounds actually a lot more difficult and gross than it really was.

I shook the shaker and strained the drink. There. That’s better.

And you know, it was ok. Not the greatest drink ever (and, honestly, I’m not sure the basil would have made it any better, so don’t attack me, ingredient nazis), but definitely not terrible.

Still, since Tom Collins is better than “not terrible,” I think I’ll stick with him for now.


  • sometimesmelodramatic June 25, 2012 - 11:24 am Reply

    I am with you and Tom Collins, though I get the weirdest looks when I ask for it in bars, I am repeatedly told it is an old man’s drink. I appreciate your exquisite taste in beverages! 🙂

  • Anelith Ortega (@anelitha) June 25, 2012 - 12:27 pm Reply

    lol Love the “Ingredient Nazi” thing!

  • pix June 25, 2012 - 2:01 pm Reply

    A few years ago I made my own basil-tequilla-creation. It was amazing. And the Basil did make a huge difference, surprisingly! totally not trying to be an ingredient Nazi, in fact I rarely follow recipes as they are written. …Actually I just went through a bunch of your posts and it seems like this blog isn’t “try all the things in Pinterest” but more-so let’s fuck up all the things from Pinterest by leaving out steps, not following directions, half-assing a lot of them, etc. Which I think may have been what you were aiming for with the “fucking up pins” line? lol, I’m still not entirely sure…

    • Sara Benitez June 26, 2012 - 12:59 pm Reply

      yes, I think that’s the intended effect.

      • oejit July 11, 2012 - 5:11 pm Reply

        But wouldn’t it make more sense to at least have the ingredients rightish?

    • Heather December 30, 2013 - 2:57 pm Reply

      Lol. Was “fucking up pins” unclear somehow?

  • JeannieT July 16, 2012 - 3:24 pm Reply

    You Rock:)

  • twix August 10, 2012 - 5:35 pm Reply

    ok so when you are not making things with the actual ingredients they call for…how good do you expect them to be? Seriously…Im reading all your posts and half of them you don’t even use the correct ingredients.

    • JenniferFrisoli August 21, 2012 - 3:17 pm Reply

      Wow….what a waste of a comment you made right there. so sad….really.

      • JenniferFrisoli August 21, 2012 - 3:17 pm Reply

        i just thought of something else to say. since when “twix” nazi, have you went above and beyond to ensure you have followed every single direction to a T? especially in cooking? i dont know anyone who does this so if you are the 1st…pls let us all know how well you cook bc im sure as all hell you suck at it if you do not make substitutions and improvise when doing certain things in the kitchen…..

  • NurseKariHopper September 28, 2012 - 12:32 am Reply

    People who comment obviously have little sense of humor, and are not in touch with hope reality happens. I am loving you.

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